The program provides groceries and other supportive services to individuals and families in south Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Englewood.
(Sarasota, FL) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (JFSM) recently granted $13,000 to the Chesed Food Program of the Chabad of Venice and North Port. This grant was made possible through the support of the Mehler-Lublin Family Fund for Social Service Relief, a fund of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and other board-restricted funds. The Chesed Food Program provides groceries, meals, emergency food vouchers, clothing, shelter, and other supportive services to individuals and families in south Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Englewood.
“South Sarasota County has a large immigrant population from the former Soviet Union, Ukraine, and South America,” says Martin Haberer, associate executive director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. “This population in particular needs assistance with food, clothing, rent, utilities and other basic necessities. We’re pleased to help the Chesed Food Program provide these much-needed services.”
These are just a few examples of people who have received aid from the Chesed Program:
· The S. family (a single mother with three young children) was recently evicted from their home. The Chesed Food Program is working on getting them into a new home and is also providing counseling, food and clothing.
· Jonathan F. is man in his 60s living in Venice. Without family nearby, he is extremely lonely and barely has enough money to pay for rent and utilities. Each week, Chesed Food Program volunteers bring him enough fresh food to last three days. Their connection brings a smile to his face and makes his life just a little bit more bearable.
· The K. family moved from Miami to North Port, after the father lost his job. They pick up food from the Chesed Food Program’s kitchen twice a week.
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.TheJewishFederation.org.