The Jewish Food Bank is held every two weeks at the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture on alternate Thursday mornings. We serve approximately 300 people.
Unlike general food banks, JFS does not have a “walk in” model. Clients must be assessed and placed on the food bank by a JFS case manager or counsellor.
While we are not a kosher food bank, the Jewish Food Bank does not offer any meats, poultry or shellfish. In addition, for those clients who do keep kosher, we ensure that kosher items are available to them.
The majority of supplies are bought, and we rely heavily on donations. Items such as food and toiletries, soap, shampoo, toilet paper and diapers are greatly appreciated and needed.
The Jewish Food Bank is also funded by Jewish Women’s International-BC and many generous donors from the community.