Jewish Family Service has been providing nutritious, non-perishable food boxes to individuals and families in need since 2009. Each food box contains certified kosher items that have been approved by a rabbi and a dietician. JFS has wanted to include fresh vegetables and fruits but due to the perishable nature of these foods, it has not been feasible until now.
JFS has partnered with Isaac Staton, the owner of a local vegetable stand on Highway 70 and Percy Warner, to provide recipients with a food voucher. Each family receives a voucher when they pick up the monthly food box that can be redeemed at the vegetable stand. The family then selects which items they want to purchase.
The partnership between Jewish Family Service and Isaac Staton has been a success. Food recipients have reported that they are delighted to be able to choose fresh vegetables and fruits and have been happy with the quality of food items offered. Staton offers a variety of items such as squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, okra, corn, cantaloupe, watermelon, oranges and peaches from local farms. The vegetable stand is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday through October.
In addition to the fresh vegetables and fruit, food box recipients continue to receive three frozen vegetables throughout the year.
If you are in need of food assistance, contact Toni Jacobsen at 354-1672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about JFS, call Pam Kelner at 354-1644. •