KFP Prepares for Rosh Hashanah Distribution
The Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry is preparing for the distribution of kosher holiday items to help its clients observe Rosh Hashanah. The Pantry is recognized as one of the largest food relief agencies in Northeastern Ohio and is a partner agency of both the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Hunger Network. Its weekly drive-through distribution and open pantry serve approximately 250 area families. The Pantry also provides bi-monthly food deliveries to 1,500 seniors in 10 low-income apartment buildings.
Beachwood residents Diane Smilanick, Marcie Rubin and Helayne Loeb volunteer at KFP.
Tamara Witkes, newly appointed Pantry Director, said “Our pantry proudly serves all who are in need. But at the times of Jewish holidays, we make a special effort to ensure that our Jewish clients have the basics they need to celebrate with dignity.”
Each year, the Pantry obtains supplies of kosher chicken, apples, honey and challah. These items are in addition to regular distribution of fresh produce, eggs, milk and pantry staples.
Mrs. Devorah Alevsky, Director, commented “Chabad, at the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s directives, has always been at the forefront of helping the Jewish community both spiritually and materially. Therefore, along with the food we provide, an important component of the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry is to also offer the holiday traditions and rituals such as blowing shofar on Rosh Hashanah and distributing Yahrzeit candles and Jewish calendars to each of the senior buildings and shut-ins, enhancing the Jewish experience for all of our clients.” As in previous years, arrangements will be made for volunteers to blow shofar at the senior buildings on Rosh Hashanah.
Cars lining up for the Pantry drive-through.
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.
Beachwood resident Tracy Finkelstein Thomas, longtime Pantry volunteer, recently joined the staff as Office Manager. “I personally volunteered with Kosher Food Pantry and saw firsthand the wonderful work being done. I feel honored to be a part of this vital organization and look forward to contributing to its continued success,” said Finkelstein Thomas.
The Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry is currently running its High Holiday campaign. Donations may be sent to 2004 South Green Road, South Euclid, Ohio, 44121 or please click the “Donate” button at the top of the page.