Posts Tagged ‘Emergency Services’

hpWouldn’t it be wonderful if we were able to end hunger in our community, one day that may be possible but not without your help!

Jewish Family Services’ annual Feinstein Challenge food and fund drive began Friday, March 1st and we are at 10% of our 30,000 meal goal.

We need your help! For every dollar donated to JFS we can purchase $6 worth of food to distribute to those in need through our Pearlman Food Pantry. Food donations (such as peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and other non-perishable food items) can be dropped off at JFS’ office at 2100 Lee Road in Winter Park through April 30th. Please contact us at (407) 644-7593 if you are interested in helping us reach our goal of collecting 30,000 meals to feed hungry families in our community.

Meet The Meal-O-Meter

If you have helped in the past than Thank you and we appreciate you participating again this year, if you have not participated in the past than thank you for joining us in our quest to end hunger in Central Florida!


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Even worse 33% of children in Central Florida will not even qualify to eat on the  food stamp budget outlined in the SNAP program below!

Break Hunger

SNAP Challenge: Eating on a Food Stamp Budget – MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

We saw this wonderful challenge provided by Mazon (an International Hunger Effort).  With a few modifications below, we thought it might be fun to do this locally in response to our HUNGER Doesn’t Take a Summer Break fundraising appeal.  Are you up for the challenge?

ONE WEEK (More if you want!)

The rules for the SNAP Challenge?  Can you do this?

  1. Each person can spend a total of $31.50 on food and beverages during the Challenge week. This budget translates to $4.50 per day, or $1.50 per meal.
  2. Keep all receipts and track all your food and beverage spending. Any food or beverages purchased and eaten during the Challenge week must be accounted for in your budget. For the purposes of this Challenge, you must include in your budget any amount you spend dining out.
  3. During the Challenge, eat only food that you purchase specifically for the Challenge. Do not eat food that you already have in your pantry or refrigerator (excluding spices and condiments).

What can you buy with SNAP?


  •  Food for the household to eat
  •  Breads and cereals
  •  Fruits and vegetables
  •  Meats, fish and poultry
  •  Dairy products
  •  Seeds and plants which produce food


  •  Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
  • Nonfood items
  • Pet foods
  • Household supplies (soap, paper products, etc.)
  • Vitamins and medicines
  • Hot (prepared) food

What to do during and after the SNAP Challenge:

  1. Share your personal experiences through social media, blog posts, op-eds to your local newspaper, or letters to your policymakers in Washington D.C. Be sure to share your thoughts with JFSOrlando as well. Tag us on Facebook (@jfsorlando) or Twitter (@jfsorlando #SNAP4aWeek) or email us.
  2. Donate to http://www.jfsorlando.org : your local nonprofit response to hunger, the additional amount you would have spent on food this week (or any amount you feel is appropriate).
  3. Remember this experience when you cast your ballot this Fall. Learn about food insecurity in your community, then ask your candidate(s) where they stand on food insecurity issues.

Mazon International devised this SNAP Challenge, this might be a fun local effort!

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The Emergency Services Program at JFS assists many families with emergency financial assistance, totaling approximately $100,000 annually towards rent/mortgage and utility payments for families with a financial crisis. Recently, our case worker, Nancy assisted a former professional dancer and wonderful mother of two children.

Now, this may not seem like your ordinary local Orlando family in need of emergency assistance, but we promise there is more to this story that you will never forget. This mother is a single mother and is now disabled.  She has undergone 11 back surgeries to try and correct her back issue.  At the moment, her family of three survives on Social Security, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and TANIF (Temporary Assistance of Needy Families).  She came to our door due to an administrative error by Social Security stating that her benefits for the month of March were being frozen.  She currently has no other financial recourse, and as a mother, educator and provider she already bares such a heavy load.

For this single and disabled parent the statistics alone can be daunting—The National Fatherhood Initiative states that almost 75% of American children living in single-parent families will experience poverty before they turn 11 years old.  Only 20% of children in two-parent families will do the same. Yet, in her circumstance she still instills in her children the ability to see the good in every situation, and to always work hard and do their best because, in life, you never know what can happen.  Her attitude and attention to the small details that make or break our lives reminds us of a saying; in a dancer, there is a reverence for such forgotten things as the miracle of the small beautiful bones and their delicate strength.  ~Martha Graham

With dreams of carrying out her professional dancing career forever, she never would have thought, even for one moment, that she would be knocking at the door of JFS of Greater Orlando.  In our 34 years of service to Central Florida, we are more than proud to be able to answer the call to this wonderful family, and any family in need.  To us, she will always shine they way she did as a professional dancer, and if there is any way we can bring some light of hope to this family, this is exactly what we intend to do.

We wish this wonderful family the strength to continue to dance.

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