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ESSEN-tials Provides Kosher Food for Passover

WESTERN MASS. — There are a number of programs in the Pioneer Valley that provide food for people in need. Only one meets the needs of individuals who observe kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws. Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts (JFWM), in partnership with Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts (JFS) is working to fill this need through its ESSENtials project.

JFS screens applicants and distributes the food that is purchased by Rachel’s Table. This month, kosher food for Pesach will provide chicken, turkey, matzot, and gefilte fish along with other necessities to local families. The project is funded in part by grants from the Jewish Endowment Foundation, a division of JFWM. The Passover distribution has also received a grant from NEFESH.

Through the program, more than 32 family groups will receive food for a meaningful Seder and Passover holiday.

Kosher food distributions are made every other month and feature special products depending on the holiday season. For some families, this program serves as their only source of kosher food assistance. In collaboration with JFS, privacy is strictly guarded so that anonymity can be maintained.

The Essen-tials program ensures that kosher people in need have access to food distribution services. If you would like to make a donation, contact Sarah Maniaci at

(413) 733-0084 or To learn more about receiving kosher food distribution services, contact Cathy Chandler at JFS, at (413) 455-1936. All inquiries are strictly confidential.


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