During these challenging times, The Foundation will continue to provide ongoing giving opportunities and advice on how to support our most vulnerable neighbors as this situation evolves. Our Center for Designed Philanthropy team is available to provide targeted funding opportunities in particular areas of interest (e.g. food banks, aging, social services), and we encourage you to continue supporting your preferred organizations. Please contact Lori Klein by email for an individualized consultation.

Food Security in Israel

Be'er Sova

It prepares freshly cooked meals daily, and also provides food box distribution, meal delivery to homebound seniors, and dinner programs combined with job training for at-risk youth. During Passover, Be’er Sova supplies kosher meals for the seder, the holiday week, and the final holiday evening meal. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds Inc. and include additional information: Be'er Sova.

Jaffa Institute

It works to break cycles of poverty in the Jaffa community through social service programs for disadvantaged children and families. During Passover, Jaffa Institute delivers food packages to hundreds of elderly individuals. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Institute for Advancement of Education in Jaffa.

Leket Israel

It supports Israelis experiencing food insecurity, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. During Passover, Leket provides over 34 million pounds of fresh produce to the country’s most needy. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: American Friends of Leket Israel.

Yad Eliezer 

It is Israel’s largest poverty relief agency, serving more than 100,000 Israelis with its food, social service, and life-cycle event programs. During Passover, Yad Eliezer distributes $1 million worth of food and other holiday essentials to families, disabled and ill adults, and lone soldiers. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: American Friends of Yad Eliezer.

 

Food Security in Los Angeles

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

It is a multi-service agency that provides social services to the community, especially to those who are poor and disadvantaged. Its Passover Food Distribution Program includes Kosher for Passover groceries and delivery of Kosher for Passover meals to homebound older adults and individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

Karsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Its Food and Nutrition Security Program travels to affordable housing complexes in Koreatown, provides on-site food distribution of nutritionally balanced groceries once per week, and sandwiches on Sundays at The People Concern. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Karsh has also been providing hygiene kits, diapers, and toilet paper to people in need. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services OnlineKarsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

Touch of Kindness (Tomchei Shabbos)

It aims to alleviate challenges facing observant families in Los Angeles by providing financial counseling, access to basic needs such as clothing and diapers, and a food bank. Its Passover Food Distribution program provides hundreds of local families with Kosher for Passover food for their Seders. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services OnlineTouch of Kindness.

Food Forward

It collects fresh fruit and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and donates the produce to social service agencies in Southern California, including Beit T'Shuvah, Downtown Women's Center, and LA Family Housing. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Food Forward.

 

Financial Assistance & Emergency Needs

Jewish Federation of Greater of Los Angeles

Its Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network Program supports vulnerable Jewish individuals, families, and older adults in crisis. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services OnlineJewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and include additional information: Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network Program.

Baby2Baby

It supports vulnerable families with young children including emergency packages of clothing, diapers, wipes, blankets, hygiene items. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services OnlineBaby2Baby.

Jewish Free Loan Association

It supports individuals and families in need of emergency loans for those affected by coronavirus. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services OnlineJewish Free Loan Association.
 

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles

It provides support for families, relief for healthcare workers, equipment for health response, services for the homeless, and real-time research. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles.

United Way Pandemic Relief Fund

It supports individuals experiencing homelessness and low income wage workers including medical care and disease preventions. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

 

Advice

  • Now is a critical time to use your funds to support our community when it is needed most.
  • In addition to the opportunities provided above, consider supporting local nonprofits and community safety nets, particularly food banks, meals on wheels, senior centers and other social service nonprofits which are seeing an increase in demand for service while at the same time facing a potential decrease in fundraising. We are happy to provide targeted funding opportunities in these areas.
  • Support your nonprofits. Solicit feedback from the nonprofits that you currently support and consider maintaining or increasing support in this time of need. Many nonprofits have had to cancel or reschedule their fundraisers, face challenges in fundraising with the impact on the economy, and need to support their employees.