Aaron* is a 63-year-old Jewish man who was living in a homeless shelter when we first met him. When he arrived at JF&CS, he had a simple request – he needed glue to repair his shoes. Aaron was cold, hungry, and needed more than a simple bottle of glue. He needed someone to help him meet his most basic needs: food, shelter, and safety. Aaron is one of more than 600 people served by JF&CS Family Table each month. For the past 18 years, Family Table has been a life-saving resource that helps put people back on the path to stability and safety.
Family Table began in 1993 from the humble beginnings of serving around 30 families out of a synagogue with pioneering volunteers. Since then, the program has grown dramatically. Particularly in the past few years after a doubling in size, Family Table is now the largest kosher food pantry in New England. As it has grown, the program has retained the values that have made it such a critical support for so many: serving people with dignity, engaging the community, and caring for individual clients’ needs.
*Name changed to protect privacy.