Helping Out with the West Palm Beach Pantry
Dear Temple Israel Family ...
As I am sure you have heard in the news many times, SNAP benefits (formerly “Food Stamps”) have been cut again and again, which means that the need for emergency food assistance will only increase. Therefore, our work becomes all the more important to help our neighbors receive the nutrition they need.
When I stood in front of the congregation at my first Rosh HaShanah morning service at Temple Israel in 2012 and talked about the "soon to open" West Palm Beach Food Pantry, no one could have imagined that it would take 15 months for it to finally open.
However, after much political debate regarding the previously-proposed Northwood location, the West Palm Beach Food Pantry finally opened at the Urban League's Community Services Center located at 2107 Tamarind in December of 2013, and we are proud that Temple Israel is one of five founding-supporting congregations of this Pantry.
Temple Israel's commitment is to provide volunteers at the WPB Food Pantry on the THIRD Friday of each month. The Pantry is open from 10am-11:30am on the Third Friday of each month, so volunteers will be asked to come at 9:30am to prepare for that day's opening, and then stay a bit later to close everything up (we are always done no later than noon), so the commitment is no more than 2.5 hours a month.
The WPB Food Pantry is located at the Urban League's Community Services Center, found at 2107 Tamarind.
I have committed to being a hands-on volunteers at the new West Palm Beach Food Pantry and am on-site volunteering each Third Friday of the month (if you cannot come on a Third Friday but would like to volunteer, we will be happily connect you with the other groups who are providing volunteers on the other Fridays, particularly on the 1st and 2nd Fridays of the month when they have great need of volunteers).
Temple Israel's member, Ellen Flaum, is coordinating our volunteers. Please be in touch with either her or me so we can know to expect you and answer any questions you might have.
We would love to have you join us any Third Friday of the month for this important mitzvah. Please consider helping the neediest in our community meet their basic needs.
Thank you for your consideration.
Rabbi Cookie Lea Olshein
- Peanut butter
- Canned protein (chili, salmon, tuna, etc.)
- Canned fruit
- Cereal (single-serving oatmeal also appreciated)
- Ladies hygiene products
- Hotel-sized toiletries