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The Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry is in the midst of its 2021 Chanukah campaign. This year’s theme is “A Great Miracle Happened There… and Happens Right Here.” Recognized as one of the busiest food relief agencies in Northeastern Ohio, the Kosher Food Pantry is a partner agency of both the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Hunger Network. 

While in regular times the Kosher Food Pantry served over 4,000 people per month, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the numbers have swelled to over 5,200 per month. Its weekly drive-through distribution and open pantry serve approximately 250 area families. The Pantry also provides bi-weekly food deliveries to 1,500 seniors in 10 low-income apartment buildings. Packing and deliveries are done by dedicated volunteers.

Nourishing souls as well as bodies, the Kosher Food Pantry provides Chanukah candles, menorahs, and latkes (traditional potato pancakes) to its senior clients in addition to food deliveries. “Helping our seniors and shut-ins celebrate the light of Chanukah is an integral part of our mission of meeting both the spiritual and material needs of our clients,” said Mrs. Devorah Alevsky, Director. 

“We serve all who are in need. As the dark and cold of winter come upon us, we hope that people will help to spread light and warmth by supporting their vulnerable neighbors,” commented Mrs. Alevsky.

The Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry was established over 40 years ago by Mrs. Alevsky’s parents, Rabbi and Rebbitzin Zalman and Shulamit Kazen, as part of their efforts to help Russian Jews settle in Cleveland through the Semach Sedek Russian Immigrant Aid Society (RIAS).

The Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry Advisory Board is co-chaired by Muriel Weber and Chuck Whitehill.

Cars lining up for the Pantry drive-through.

Food Donations

We gladly accept cans and packaged kosher, non-expired foods to distribute in our community. Drop-off hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 3 – 5 pm / Sunday 9:30 – 11 am