According to HealthyLouisvilleMetro.org, 16.1% of Jefferson County citizens are food insecure. Because Louisville is not a big city like New York or L.A., it is less common to see hungry people on a daily basis. Sonny and Janet Meyer, the directors of the Herman Meyer & Son Inc. Funeral Home, were concerned about those who go hungry in Louisville and wanted to do something to help. For Janet’s birthday several years ago, the generous couple endowed the JFCS Food Pantry with the Sonny & Janet Meyer Family Food Pantry Fund.
The JFCS Food Pantry is a closed Dare to Care food pantry site, which means its pantry is open only to JFCS clients. A team of dedicated volunteers manage the pantry and process more than 90 thousand pounds of food per year, which helps to feed more than 130 people each month.
Anyone can become food insecure. It can happen for a day, a week, a month, or longer because of something like the loss of a job, a big bill, or illness. The JFCS Food Pantry recognizes this and regularly helps people through all types of situations.
Adults, children, seniors and veterans get help from the pantry and don’t have to provide documentation or proof of their food insecurity. Clients have a chance to physically shop in the pantry, as opposed to simply being handed a box of shelf-stable food. The steps JFCS takes to provide its clients with a comfortable, enjoyable shopping experience sets this award-winning pantry apart from others.
JFCS Food Pantry is generously stocked by donations and run by volunteers. Clients who shop at the food pantry also can be recipients of other benefits, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Women, Infants and Children Food and Nutrition Service (WIC). Generally, if they are not recipients, caseworkers at JFCS will suggest they apply.
The JFCS Food Pantry would not exist without the generosity of the Louisville and Jewish communities. Donations for the JFCS Food Pantry can be dropped off at the JFCS Louis and Lee Roth Family Center. You also may contact JFCS to help your own organization set up a food drive.
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