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Supporting Families & Seniors. Alleviating Hunger. Improving Mental Health.

Moving Our Mission Forward, Meet Community Champion, The Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is able to provide a consistent source of nutritious food to our community thanks to a network of volunteers, donors, and partners. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) plays a vital role in providing funds for supplemental food to the Food Pantry.

Since 1983, the EFSP has distributed $6.158 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of people facing food insecurity and homelessness throughout the United States. EFSP funds are used to provide food, lodging, one month’s rent or mortgage payment, one month’s utility bill, and equipment necessary to support families and individuals.

Thanks to EFPS’ partnership with the Harvey Kornblum Food Pantry, we are able to purchase nutritious food that includes both non-perishable items and high protein perishable foods. As the largest food pantry in the region, serving more than 15,000 people annually, this allows JFS to continue meeting the high demand for food assistance and the needs of those in the St. Louis community facing food insecurity.

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