The East Valley Jewish Community Center will start hosting a monthly kosher food pantry beginning Oct. 27 in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul, according to a news release from the EVJCC. The JBox Food Pantry will be St. Vincent de Paul’s first partnership for a kosher pantry in Arizona, according to the release.
“We are thrilled to offer this service to our community in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul and our other partners,” EVJCC CEO Rabbi Michael Beyo said in the release. “Many people face hunger each day, and we feel that it’s our responsibility to do what we can to help alleviate hunger.”
According to the Arizona Food Bank Network, 1 in 7 Arizonans faces food insecurity, more than 311,000 of them children. Partial funding for this project was provided by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chandler, a frequent partner of EVJCC community service programs, according to the release.
The food pantry is open to all. Registrations must be made a week in advance. Those who sign up will pick up prepackaged bags of nonperishable food from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month outside the EVJCC in the back parking lot. There is no delivery available. To sign up for the Oct. 27 food pantry, register at evjcc.org/foodpantry by Oct. 20.
Volunteers are needed to help assemble bags of groceries each month, according to the release. For the first distribution, volunteers are needed at the EVJCC at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 to help prepare the bags and then 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 27 to help distribute the food. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at evjcc.org/foodpantry.