COVID-19 Response

How JFS is responding to COVID-19

Jewish Family Service is committed to ensuring that our community is equipped to stay healthy during this rapidly evolving public health crisis.

If you are experiencing food insecurities 

The Weinberg Food Pantry is providing pre-packed boxes of food to anyone experiencing food insecurity with no documentation or sign up needed. To limit face-to-face interactions and promote social distancing, boxes of food are distributed through a pick-up system directly outside of the pantry.

Tuesday – Friday
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
3201 South Tamarac Drive, Denver, CO 80231
Drive up to the garage with the blue awning for pick up.

If you are ill or caring for someone who is ill, please send someone else for your food or call 720.248.4607 for assistance.

If your mental health is being impacted by the stress of COVID-19 

Face-to-face mental health counseling services have been canceled. We are using technology for mental health clients including school-based youths we normally serve through our KidSuccess program. JFS is also opening telehealth counseling services to any individuals in the community that may be impacted by the stress of COVID-19.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, contact centralintake@jewishfamilyservice.org or call 720.248.4701.

JFS at the JCC will resume meal service

  • Kosher lunch service for older adults, age 60 and older, at the JCC will resume on Thursday, March 19 and be provided through Wednesday, April 1.
  • Meals will be individually packaged and available for pick-up from the JCC lower parking lot, Tuesday – Friday from 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Recipients must be previously signed up as congregate meal participants, or be willing to complete a short intake form, before receiving a meal.
  • In addition to individual packaged kosher cooked meals, we will have boxes of non-kosher shelf-stable items from our food pantry.
  • There is no cost for the meal. However, people may make a voluntary contribution (recommended amount of $2.50) toward the cost of the meal.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Our Emergency Financial Assistance Program is accelerating as the demand for this service will increase as the crisis intensifies. JFS provides limited financial assistance to those in need throughout Colorado by processing payments directly to vendors to for mortgage and rent payments, utilities (water, heat, gas and electricity), prescriptions/medicine, gas vouchers, phone bills, and auto payments/insurance.

Lunchbox Express

We will be launching our Emergency Lunchbox Express program for youths in the next few weeks. We are initiating this program early to respond to the large number of youths who cannot access existing school-based lunch sites. We are working with partners to deliver USDA-complaint meals to last several days, including weekends, in order to limit our visits at each site. Locations identified include large housing projects in Denver and Westminster located in “food deserts” which house multiple immigrant, refugee, and other vulnerable working families — all of whom have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 outbreak

How you can help JFS 

Make a donation

More than ever, JFS needs donations as the demand for services increases. Your gift will help us to provide what is needed to the individuals and families that we serve. Thank you for your support.

Volunteer

We are in need of healthy individuals and groups to volunteer to sort, organize, and box food, and to perform office tasks related to food distribution. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up here.

Volunteers are still authorized and encouraged to support JFS COVID-19 relief efforts under both Mayor Hancock and Governor Polis executive orders and public health orders related to COVID-19. 

Donate food

In order to serve more people in our community we need donations of shelf-stable food, toilet paper, diapers, and wipes. You may purchase from our Amazon Wish List and have items shipped to us.

Drop off:
Monday – Thursday
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jewish Family Service of Colorado
3201 S. Tamarac Drive, Denver, CO 80231
Bring donations to the garage with the blue awning

Stay updated on all program and service changes on our blog.


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