CINCINNATI April 9, 2014
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With the help and dedication of 120 volunteers, Jewish Family Service delivered 400 Passover meals to Cincinnati Jewish families in need. Sunday, April 6 marked the 16th annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service. This community project is enjoyed as much by volunteers as the clients receiving food.
The high cost of Kosher for Passover food compelled families to volunteer their time to ensure those less fortunate had an adequate holiday meal. Volunteers of all ages delivered boxes filled with matzah, matzah ball soup mix, macaroons, gefilte fish, horseradish, Passover candy, grape juice, nuts, apples, and chicken dinner. Deliveries stretched over 30 zip codes confirming that Jewish families in need live throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
This year the Passover Delivery project was held at the new Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center, conveniently located on the campus of Hebrew Union College in Clifton. The new location drew volunteers from all over the city including Northern Kentucky, Monroe, and Loveland. Volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to tour the expanded food pantry as they picked up their boxes.
“The Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service project 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,” says Fran Gafvert, Jewish Family Service Director of Vital Support Services.
Volunteers also came during the week to sort the thousands of cans and boxes of donated food. Local congregations, organizations, and businesses collected nonperishable, boxed food. The balance was purchased with monetary donations from The Rockwern Charitable Foundation, The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, and individual community donors.
Remke Markets at Highland/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 23.
Cash or food donations are appreciated as the need for food continues throughout the year at the Jewish Family Service food pantry, which feeds an average of 130 people each month. It is the only food pantry in the region that also includes a section with a full array of kosher food.
Jewish Family Service is supported in part by funds made available from the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.