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Current Jewish Family Service Food Pantry

Jewish Family Service Food Pantry is the source for free kosher food, fresh produce, personal care and household care items for individuals in the Greater Cincinnati Jewish community experiencing financial difficulties. In addition, Jewish Family Service (JFS) provides coaching and support for clients of the pantry to help improve their situation.

  • In 2011, Jewish Family Service Food Pantry distributed over 22,000 pounds of food.
  • JFS case managers helped clients with $86,765 in third-party payments for rent, mortgage, utilities, medical care, pharmaceuticals, gas cards, bus tokens, car repairs and more.
  • Yet, to date just 16% of the known impoverished population in our Jewish community has been served.
  • The current food pantry space is in a dark basement that is not accessible to those unable to navigate the stairs and is challenging and exhausting for the many staff and volunteers who must carry heavy bags of food.
  • The location allows only for the distribution of food, as there is no private space for other critical services.
  • Other food pantries are often in churches or run by Christian-based nonprofits, which makes Jewish clients feel uncomfortable or unwelcome.
  • Jewish Family Service is a member pantry of Freestore Foodbank.
  • The food pantry serves people in over 45 zip codes, and the majority of recipients are between the ages of 40 and 55.

View photos of the current food pantry.


Make a donation to the Barbash Family Vital Support Center—the tranformation of Jewish Family Service Food Pantry—and support our community’s most vulnerable.
Donate online or contact Danielle Minson at 513-985-1530 /

Campaign Co-Chairs: Pam Barbash, Bret Caller, Beth Guttman, Andi Levenson, Alvin and Gloria Lipson