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In 2016

YOUR Donations Fed

14,334 Seniors
13,928 Adults
15,206 Children

in our community
There is still more to do.

To Bobby Goldberg for Donating a stainless-steel Commercial Freezer
to Kosher Food Pantry!
Now we can offer many Frozen Foods to all we serve!
Pictured: Bobby Goldberg and Devorah Alevsky, KFP Director

Do you know these people?

Chances are you do!

Kosher Food Pantry coordinates over
100 dedicated volunteers

to pack and deliver to over 3,500 each month

Volunteer! call 216-382-7202
or e-mail:

Those we serve will bless you for your Mitzvah!

Thanks to YOU,

Kosher Food Pantry was able to match an anonymous
$10,000 donation!

Thanks to everyone who wrote that extra check, or gave that extra dollar to help us reach our challenge grant –

Your support makes it all possible!

Besides providing almost 3,000 bags of nutritious food per month, Kosher Food Pantry offers our children an opportunity to learn and do Chesed.
Happy to Help: JCC-J-Teen Camp group with Debi Slater, volunteer coordinator (l.) photo credit: Ashley Hartman

Gross Schechter students at a recent visit. Each group learns about Kosher Food Pantry’s vital work in our community, becoming aware of those that have less. Hopefully, as adults, they will lead lives of Tzedokah and Chesed.

Do you know someone who needs
food assistance?

We are here to help! Call 216-382-7202

Even schools outside our community are getting on the bandwagon! The students of Menlo Park Academy researched Food Banks, and chose to visit Kosher Food Pantry. The boys and girls are planning a bake sale in the spring to raise money to buy tuna and canned fruit for our families.

Special thanks to all the
….who graciously pack and deliver the 3,000 bags monthly to the families and elderly that are counting on them!

For example…….

l. to r. Michael Chelnick, Tri-C student; David Nager, both from Park Synagogue
Mother and daughter duo – Sarah Davis and Madeline, Park Synagogue
New Clevelanders Jon and Gabriella Somerville making a difference in their new community.

Shana TovaNew Year Greetings! from the

Best Wishes for a very Happy and Healthy 5776!

Scenes from our


Volunteer Celebration
From left: Phyllis Froimson, Lisa Mann, Stephanie Schechter, Samantha Froimson
photo credits: Arlene Fine
Volunteer Coordinator Debi Slater rolls the ruggelach with her mom, Carole Weinberg (l).

Starting the New Year right with homemade Cinnamon and Chocolate Rugelach

A very special THANK YOU
to all the wonderful individuals who support, volunteer and donate, helping us help others.
G-d Bless You!
-Devorah Alevsky
Food Pantry Director Devorah Alevsky (r) with Marcia Waxman
Jamie and Julie Frayman
Amy Kalk, Bonnie Goldfarb, Ashley Rabin
Charlene Press, Bonnie Myers
Volunteer Coordinator Denise Butvin (center) with Pam Vanek (l) and Rhonda Bustamante

Kosher Food Bank in the News……

Kosher Food Bank, in South Euclid, helps feed the area’s needy; organization needs volunteers, donations

Kosher Food Bank volunteers who packed grocery bags on Aug. 25 were, from left, Nancy Leviton, Rose Leder, Chany Klein, Lauren Rubin, Shira Atik, Nancy Sternberg, Kalli Sternberg, and Lilianna Gershenovich. (Jeff Piorkowski/Special to Sun News)
By Jeff Piorkowski, special to Sun News
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on August 27, 2015 at 9:54 AM
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — In Jewish culture, performing a mitzvah is doing a good deed.
The Cleveland Kosher Food Bank, tucked away in a small garage-like building off South Green Road, next door to Senders Pediatrics, is a place where many good deeds are done. In a typical month, food to fill 3,000 bags of groceries are collected from the Cleveland Food Bank and through donations, bagged, then delivered to those in need in the area.
Among the approximately 100 volunteers at the Kosher Food Bank is Debi Slater. The Solon resident, a certified wellness coach and member of Solon Chabad, bags groceries and organizes volunteers. For Slater, pitching in to help the needy is not merely a matter of performing a mitzvah.
“This is bigger than me,” Slater said of the need for food many face. “I don’t even think about it, it’s just something I have to do, to help.”
Most every day, volunteers are in the small Kosher Food Bank building, 2004 S. Green Road, packing food and delivering it to people living in low-income, subsidized apartments and to senior centers in the Heights area.
Ben Katz, a supporter of the Kosher Food Bank for five years and a Beachwood resident, said that just because there is a need for a food bank is reason enough to help.
“There are people living in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights and Beachwood who have no idea that there are people living among them who don’t have enough to eat, whether because of an illness or job loss or their circumstance in life.”
Katz, who works in the employee benefits business for a financial planner, donates monetarily to the Kosher Food Bank, while his wife, Michelle, helps pack bags of groceries. Further, Katz lends his time to speak with the food bank’s leadership to help them maximize their efforts and to ensure a presence on the internet.
Founded 40 years ago by Shula Kazen as a means to aid Jewish refugees who had moved to the Cleveland area from Russia, the organization is now directed by Kazen’s daughter, University Heights resident Devorah Alevsky.
The Kosher Food Bank has grown to distribute more produce than any other participating agency of the Cleveland Food Bank, and to serve as the only food bank that delivers.
While the food delivered is kosher, Slater said only about 80 percent of the people served are Jewish.
Slater said she was once asked by someone within the organization if she liked doing work for the Kosher Food Bank. She proceeded to recount an experience to that person about delivering to non-Jews in a low-income apartment, the only turn she took as a delivery person.
“I delivered bags to the (units in the) apartments,” Slater said. “It was just so sad. I became verklempt (overcome with emotion).”
As Slater recalled the memory, her voice became heavy with emotion.
“It was very upsetting,” she said. “I told (the co-worker) I can’t do this (delivery) any more. So, I bag and organize the volunteers”
Kosher Food Bank Project Coordinator Rivka Goldstein said the organization needs volunteers and donations of money and kosher food.
“There are a number of Jewish families in the area who need food,” Goldstein said. “There are more Jewish families in need in the Cleveland area than a lot of other cities, like Chicago and Baltimore.
“This is a good time to think about donating to the Kosher Food Bank because Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) is coming (Sept. 13-15), that’s a time a lot of people want to do good things.”
Those interested in donating or volunteering, or those in need (income guidelines apply), can call the Kosher Food Bank at 216-382-7202, or visit