JFS Perspectives

Support Our High Holiday Food Donation Drive

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the Weinberg Food Pantry has experienced a 400% increase in demand for service and has distributed more than 400,000 pounds of food and supplies. Please support our efforts to help the vulnerable in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19 by donating to the High Holiday Food Drive. While most of us aren't able to go to synagogue for the High Holidays this year, there are several ways you can help. Below is a list of our most needed items.  

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Helping Andrew Weather the Storm

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Helping Andrew Weather the Storm

With unemployment at 10.2% in Colorado and the supplemental unemployment insurance ending in July, JFS has received an increased number of requests for financial assistance for rent and utility payments. Andrew Rankin was struggling to make ends meet for his family after a variety of unfortunate circumstances culminated this summer. As he put it, “life has been consistently chaotic, full of ups and downs,” including putting an entrepreneurial endeavor on hold due to the pandemic and recovering from surgery.

 

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500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
500 Backpacks Provided to JFS Through 4th Annual Backpack Bonanza

For the fourth year in a row, 13-year old Hannah Kutnick organized her annual “Backpack Bonanza,” a drive to generate donations for back-to-school backpacks and school supplies for at-risk children. Whether kids are learning at home or in-person, they will have the supplies they need because of Hannah’s kindness. She collected donations from friends and family via social media to purchase supplies and then gathered her friends and family--outside, masked, and at a safe distance--to load the backpacks.  

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Weinberg Food Pantry Spotlight by Gabe Moe-Lobeda

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Weinberg Food Pantry Spotlight by Gabe Moe-Lobeda

Community is the bedrock of all forms of wellness. It is where we can lean into and lean on those who understand our circumstances, who alleviate our struggles, who share our common pain.  

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Why I Created the Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up Food Drive

Monday, June 29, 2020
Why I Created the Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up Food Drive

Samantha Thomas, incoming Sophomore Class President at Cherry Creek High School, recently completed a Pandemic Pantry Pick-Up food drive for the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry. We spoke with her to learn more about the project and to get her advice to other teens who want to give back to their community. 

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Local Teacher Delivers Lesson in Kindness

Monday, May 11, 2020
Local Teacher Delivers Lesson in Kindness

Ann Deyarmond, who works with kids on the autism spectrum at Joe Shoemaker Elementary, is helping students meet one of their most basic needs while the school is closed. She comes to the Weinberg Food Pantry up to three times a week and delivers food to six families, which she plans to continue through the summer. 

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Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Caring for Our Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

While our physical locations are closed and programs have been canceled, we are serving more people than ever during this pandemic. Thank you to our incredible staff who is working tirelessly and in creative ways to serve the community through a variety of services. Below are a few highlights of our COVID-19 response: 

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How You Can Help JFS During COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, March 19, 2020
How You Can Help JFS During COVID-19 Crisis

During this COVID-19 crisis and time of uncertainty, our community needs your support to meet the increasing demand for our services. There are several ways you can help:
 

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Colorado Public Radio: A Jewish Family Service Tradition

Monday, December 02, 2019
Colorado Public Radio: A Jewish Family Service Tradition

Colorado Public Radio included a mention of Denverite's Thanksgiving story in its "Photos from the Week" feature on November 29, 2019: 

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Denverite: Jewish Family Service offers turkeys, all the fixings, and lessons in an American outlook

Monday, December 02, 2019
Denverite: Jewish Family Service offers turkeys, all the fixings, and lessons in an American outlook

Denverite featured a story on November 28, 2019 about Jewish Family Service's Thanksgiving food program and how several refugee families have benefited over the years: 

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