Last year JF&CS staff came to a startling realization. Because of federal guidelines, there was a chance that low-income families who were receiving groceries each month from Family Table, the agency’s food pantry, were at risk of losing some of their income in the form of SSI (Supplemental Security Income) benefits. Even worse, they realized there were families in need who weren’t getting much-needed groceries because they were afraid their monthly payment would be cut.
Enter Mark Bronstein, disability attorney, long time JF&CS Bet Tzedek Legal Services volunteer, and JF&CS Board of Advocate member. Mark offered to tackle the labyrinthine federal bureaucracy and get Family Table certified as an SSI-qualifying program to protect the already scant funds depended on by these vulnerable clients.