Family Table began in 1993 as a community response to the rising number of Jewish families and individuals who could not afford the necessities of life. It is a program sponsored by the Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JF&CS) working collaboratively with the Synagogue Council Of Mass, Jewish Community Relations Council and Hillell Council to bring this needed serve to families throughout Greater Boston to increase hunger awareness in our community. Family Table is a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank. The number of families receiving assistance is greater than 150. Many of these families are new to the United States. Some families have breadwinners who unfortunately have lost their jobs or are unable to work due to illness. Synagogues throughout Boston contribute a variety of different food items as well as paper goods and toiletries monthly.
On a monthly basis, our congregation collects 100 boxes of rice (no larger than a two pound bag) and 100 boxes of crackers. The food is placed in the baskets in the front entrance of the temple. The food is collected and brought to JF&CS once monthly by volunteers from our congregation. Temple Emunah also participates in special holiday food drives at Yom Kippur, Purim and Passover. In addition, we also provide Hanukah gifts to children of Family Table recipients. Once yearly, we not only bring our collected food to JF&CS, but we also pack up the groceries at the Waltham site and deliver the food directly to families.
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