ESSEN-tials, kosher food program

ESSEN-tials is a Kosher Food Distribution Food Project of Jewish Family Service and Rachel's Table

In collaboration with Rachel's Table, Jewish Family Service provides kosher food every other month to individuals and families in our community who face poverty and food insecurity. In a recent study conducted by The Weinberg Foundation, they found the percentage of Jewish households earning less than $30,000 is between 16% and 20%, with 7% earning less than $15,000, and that Jewish poverty is concentrated among older adults, Hasidic Jews, individuals with less education, and those working just part time, as well as in Holocaust survivor communities.

People who observe kashrut- the Jewish dietary laws- cannot depend on food pantries to meet their needs. ESSEN-tials provides special items appropriate for the seasonal holidays, kosher meat and chicken, produce and other non-perishable kosher items.

For questions, referrals or if you would like to receive kosher food, please contact Cathy Chandler, email c.chandler@jfswm.org or call 413.455.1936 x104.

All information is kept strictly confidential. 

Rachel's Table is a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts & 22 News/WWLP.com