(L-R) Sabrina Sorrentino, Amy Pierce (Winn-Dixie), Donna Long and Jennifer Wirz (JFCS), Jennifer Shepard and Greg Stanford (Winn-Dixie), and delivery driver, Cliff.
Jewish Family & Community Services takes great pride and care in providing everyone that comes to the Max Block Food Pantry with food staples that help them to keep themselves and their families fed. Over the past several months we have seen a dramatic increase in people seeking assistance. Those on a fixed income and the working poor are facing an especially difficult situation right now with the rise in other monthly expenses such as gas, food, and housing costs.
Despite the ongoing support of the Block family, for whom the pantry was named, due to higher than expected demand and the expansion into two elementary schools we faced a severe shortage of available food needed to effectively operate. Fortunately, long-time JFCS supporter, Winn-Dixie, with the Winn-Dixie Gives Foundation, stepped in and provided a welcome short-term solution with an emergency delivery of 200 cases of shelf-stable pantry essentials on Thursday, May 5.
“The generous assistance of Winn-Dixie came at a critical time,” said JFCS Director of Development Susie Menaged. “It will help us meet the current demand while we turn to the community to meet our long-term goals through our hunger relief fundraising drive.”