Since the start of the pandemic, cognizant of their vulnerability to the health risks associated with COVID-19, JFS has worked tirelessly to ensure that isolated older adults and others from the Jewish and broader community have the basic essentials they need, such as food and toiletries, through these difficult months.  As the year comes to a close, JFS is proud to announce that with support from our close partner Daniel’s Table, over 8,200 prepared meals have been delivered to older adult community members in need, as well as over 80K meals and 90K units of toiletries/female hygiene products to the greater immigrant community!

JFS is grateful to our partners at 2Life Communities/Shillman House, Framingham Housing Authority, and especially Daniel’s Table, without whom this effort would be impossible. Since our first food delivery on March 26th, JFS has provided approximately 180 staff and volunteer hours delivering food to vulnerable clients in Framingham, Natick, Sudbury, Wayland, and other Metrowest communities.

JFS volunteer Audrey Epstein, who has been delivering food every other Thursday since May shared, “This opportunity has been one of the upsides of the pandemic.”

JFS volunteer and community member Michael Matatia said, “JFS is an integral part of the community and elder services from…meals and other support services.  For someone looking to give back it is the perfect organization to both help local elderly and people in need. Supporting this organization with time and donations helps your neighbors, which in Judaism is a great mitzvah and an act of kindness.”

As COVID-19 continues, we are reminded of how important it is to rely on one another and support our community — thank you to all our staff and volunteers who have been a part of this effort!