JFCS Is Providing Hurricane Irma Relief

JFCS Is Providing Relief in Response to Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left some of our most vulnerable First Coast community members in even more challenging positions. People that relied on others for transportation were left stranded. Families without power lost the only food that they had. Some lost their homes.

After Hurricane Irma, The United Way of Northeast Florida contacted JFCS to ask if the agency could take a lead role in the distribution of Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund. Colleen Rodriguez, JFCS Executive Director, agreed without hesitation.

JFCS is now assisting in completing FEMA applications, rent/mortgage/deposit payments, medical needs, temporary housing, food and clothing. JFCS’ Max Block Food Pantry is also expanding hours of operation in order to nourish individuals and families in need. JFCS helps the entire community, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

If you or someone you know needs help recovering from Hurricane Irma:

Call 2-1-1.

Calling 2-1-1 is the first step in beginning the recovery process related to relief funds. Simply dial 2-1-1. This hotline is open 24/7. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to call JFCS.

Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund was founded in 2016 by Northeast Florida’s largest nonprofit funders to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. Relief Fund partners re-activated the First Coast Relief Fund in 2017 for Hurricane Irma relief. Major First Coast Relief Fund contributors include The United Way, The Jacksonville Jaguars, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville, Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, Lucy Gooding Charitable Trust, and Florida Blue.

How You Can Help:

Make a donation to JFCS. We will direct the funds towards those most in need.


Drop off non-perishable foods at JFCS for The Max Block Food Pantry.

Give JFCS a gift card to a grocery store, Target, or Walmart for clients in need.

Please remember when dropping off donations, JFCS has moved and is now located at:

8540 Baycenter Road Jacksonville, FL 32256

How to contact JFCS:

Questions about making a financial contribution?
Please contact Director of Development, Kathy Wohlhuter at 904-394-5727

Questions about volunteering in the Max Block Food Pantry?
Please contact Executive Assistant, Geege Schuman at 904-394-5720

Questions about donating nonperishable food to the Max Block Food Pantry?
Please contact Financial Assistance Specialist, Suzanne Zimmerman at 904-394-5715