In Virginia, there are more than 170,000 families living below the poverty level. Many of these families are unable to obtain nutritious food. To combat this growing problem, JFS has partnered with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia to operate a Community Food Pantry and the Milk & Honey Food Program.
Annually, the Milk & Honey Food Assistance program keeps food on the tables of approximately 75 local households, including those with special needs and families who often have to choose between purchasing medication, paying bills, and buying food.
The Milk & Honey Food program allows current agency clients the opportunity to receive foods during set, pre-scheduled dates and times. Emergency food assistance is also available for those in need. This program is able to provide some kosher items and specializes in the specific dietary/religious desires of those families who follow kosher food guidelines.
In 1983, JFS received a grant from Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia to help underwrite the “Meals on Wheels” program. Since that time, JFS has provided thousands of meals to individuals who otherwise might not have access to nutritious foods. JFS is the only kosher home delivered Meals on Wheels program in our community!
The kosher home delivered Meals on Wheels program is available to home-bound adults age 60 or over who are unable to grocery shop or prepare meals for themselves. This program has remained subsidized through a partnership with Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, as well as numerous private donors. This program is available for residents of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, regardless of race, religion, or economic status. Eligibility for the program is defined by the Title III and IV of the Older Americans Act.
The kosher home delivered Meals on Wheels program is also available for those who can self-pay and do not qualify for a financial subsidy.
To enroll in this program, an agency Case Manager will be in contact with you to complete a full assessment.