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420 Passover meals delivered with a smile
CINCINNATI MARCH 20, 2013
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With the help and dedication of 120 volunteers, Jewish Family Service delivered 420 Passover meals to Cincinnati Jewish families in need. Sunday, March 17 marked the 15th annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service. This community project is often meaningful for volunteers as well as the clients receiving food.
“I have volunteered every year,” said Lynn Mayfield of Hyde Park who continues to recognize the importance of this project. “I moved out of town for a number of years, but would always come back to Cincinnati for the weekend of Passover delivery.”
The Passover delivery drew volunteers of all ages to deliver boxes filled with matzah, matzah ball soup mix, macaroons, gefilte fish, Passover candy, grape juice, nuts, apples, and a chicken dinner to families in need. Because Kosher for Passover food is expensive, this project is important to ensure recipients had an adequate holiday meal. Deliveries stretched over 30 zip codes confirming that Jewish families in need live throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
The Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service was started by a group of dedicated volunteers in 1998 and continues to be embraced by the community. It involves more than just delivering food; it personally connects the volunteers with families.
Alta Kreindler of Amberley delivered food with her grandchildren, Sophie Glassman (age 7), Eric Glassman (age 9) and Ryan Glassman (age 11) of Wyoming. During their delivery to Mr. Schumakh, they looked at family photos on the wall. Mr. Shumakh handed the children apples and candy bars as a thank-you. “He was nice,” Ryan said.
Volunteers also came during the week to sort the thousands of cans and boxes of donated food. Cincinnati Hebrew Day School donated the storage and set-up facilities. Area congregations, organizations, and businesses collected the nonperishable, boxed food. The balance was purchased with monetary donations from The Rockwern Charitable Foundation and individual community donors.
Remke/biggs at Highland and Ridge made it easy for shoppers to donate money. The store displayed signs with tear-off slips for shoppers to donate specifically to this project by adding $5, $10 or $20 to their purchase. Shoppers can continue to support this promotion through April 2.
No cash or food donations go to waste as the need for food continues throughout the year at Jewish Family Service Food Pantry, which feeds an average of 130 people each month. It is the only kosher food pantry in the region and is currently located in space donated by Golf Manor Synagogue.
The pantry will be expanding into the Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center this summer on the campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The Center will not only house an expanded food pantry, but will have case management, supportive counseling, emergency financial assistance, health promotion classes, and therapeutic socialization. The food pantry will continue making deliveries to those who are homebound.
Jewish Family Service is supported in part by funds made available from Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.