JFS has been able to expand the quantity and variety of food provided to a level that exceeds what other food pantries offer in Kansas City and around the country. A full week’s worth of food is now provided to client each month. Shoppers have access to non-perishables, fresh produce, dairy, protein, cleaning supplies, paper goods, personal hygiene and baby items. VAAD-supervised kosher food, of comparable quality and quantity to the non-kosher food, is available to all that request it. Currently, 6% of JFS clientele request Kosher food.
Mary is now a single mother of a high school student. She was referred to us from a domestic violence shelter. JFS has supported her on her transition to independence. Things as simple as deciding what to have for dinner were foreign to her. JFS offered her counseling, food pantry, life crisis, budgeting, and career guidance. This family is just one example of the life changing impact JFS can have.
The JFS Food Pantry provides monthly food assistance to persons and families who are food insecure. The program serves clients of all ages: seniors living on a fixed income, families and individuals experiencing job loss, and other at-risk individuals. Even in Johnson County, a generally affluent area, over 11% of individuals and almost 19% of children are food insecure meaning that without assistance, they do not have access to enough food to prevent hunger and have a healthy diet.
In Jackson County, over 18% of individuals and almost 25% of children are food insecure. In our area, about 56% of those with food insecurity qualify for food from the Federal SNAP (food stamp) program. However, food stamps only provide about 3 weeks of food each month. Therefore food pantries are needed to provide about 1 week’s food each month to ensure that low-income households do not run out of food before the end of the month. For the 44% that are food insecure but do not receive food stamps, the pantry supplements what they can provide from their own resources.
For more information go to www.jfskc.org