Fighting Hunger in York

Did you know?


Project Manna distributes over 200 pounds of groceries per month to those in need in the York community. 

Help fight hunger in York by making a
tax deductible donation to JFS!
Your generosity will change lives
and reduce your taxes,
so please give generously.


Above: Local youth volunteering in the Project Manna food pantry


Your Friends Gift Supports:

  • Supplemental groceries and essential items for individuals and families in need

Your gift to the 2016 Friends Campaign today
will serve your neighbors in need today!
Your generosity changes lives, please give generously!

Donate Now.


Wise Options and Our Community

Did you know?

37% of York county residents are over 65 years old.




Your Friends Gift Supports:

  • Older adults, families, and caregivers

  • Compassionate guidance for difficult decisions

  • Crisis intervention and long term planning

Your gift to the 2016 Friends Campaign today
will serve your neighbors in need today!
Your generosity changes lives, please give generously!

Donate Now.


Humor for Hanukkah

It’s almost Hanukkah, and we thought you would enjoy a few giggles.

Enjoy this collection of laugh-worthy photos, illustrations, and jokes. Each captures an element of this holiday that reminds us of its joy its quirks. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Happy Hanukkah from the JFS of York family to yours!

We’ll start with some dreidels:

Here are some “warm” Hanukkah sentiments:

Here are some real-life photos from the super market:


Here are the characters of our favorite Hanukkah foods:




Photos from 2016 Concert 4 A Cause York

We are still glowing from our fantastic and successful 2016 Concert 4 A Cause York on October 20 at Wyndridge Farm, featuring Professor Louie & the Crowmatix!

Because of your support, JFS is able to better serve the greater York community with vital services.

Below, check out some of the great photos from the event. Thank you to all of our valuable sponsors, and to you!

See the rest of the photos bv visiting the C4C facebook page here.

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Honoring Our Veterans

Jewish Family Services has the honor and privilege of giving back to those who served our country. Each year we coordinate the tradition of placing flags on the graves of over 500 Jewish Veterans as well as honor and remember our fallen veterans at our Annual Jewish War Veterans Memorial Service.

We invite you to join us for these valuable and meaningful events.

May 15th | 1pm | South Hill Hebrew Cemetery

2130 Old Baltimore Pike York, PA 17403
Help us honor those who served our country at our Annual Flag Laying. Great family volunteer event.

May 29th | 11am
| South Hill Hebrew Cemetery
2130 Old Baltimore Pike York, PA 17403
Join JFS and the Jewish Community in honoring those who served our country at our Annual Jewish War Veterans Memorial Service. Ask how you can volunteer at this event.

RSVP to either of these events: or 717.843.5011

How you can help:

  • Volunteer at our flag laying
  • Volunteer or attend the Annual Memorial Service
  • Donate to help sustain these programs
    • Online, by mail or by phone 717.843.5011

The Weather Doesn’t Know Hunger

Jewish Family Services of York hosted their 15th Annual Walk-a-thon on May 1st at the York County Rail Trail. Despite the rain, 67 walkers participated and supported the goal of raising hunger awareness in York county. Proceeds benefit JFS Project Manna and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank. 6 baskets of peanut butter and jelly were collected at area schools and Starbucks locations leading up to the event. Students from York College community recreation class led games and face painting. The event went off without a hitch despite the rainy weather. “It was a lot of fun, and I am glad that people are being fed properly” stated walker Landon Bowie. See below for photos of the event and please take a moment to patronize our sponsors. Without our sponsors, volunteers, and walkers this day would not have been possible.

There’s still time to donate to this worthy cause. DONATE HERE to help us “Bag Hunger” in York County to reach our goal of $25,000.

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15th Annual Walkathon

Join us for aShoes walk, refreshments, and fun activities to fight hunger in the York area at our 15th Annual Walkathon.  This free event is great for all ages and supports Jewish Family Services’ Project Manna and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank.

Area organizations, groups, families and individuals are encouraged to join in this effort to “BAG HUNGER” in the York area. Register and create personal or team fundraising goals online at Depart from Indian Rock Elementary School on May 1st at 9:45 am and return around 11:30 am for refreshments and activities.

Youth are invited to participate in games and face painting provided by York College’s recreation class members following the walk. The S. Queen street Starbucks will be there providing complimentary refreshments.  All participants of the event will receive a Walkathon memento.

“12% of York County residents live with food insecurity and 18% of those are children. We are called to respond to this growing need in our own backyards” stated Carol Miller, JFS Program and Development Director. JFS Project Manna provides supplemental food to individuals and families who are economically stressed, and guidance to access benefits and information about local food resources.   Our sister agency, the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank provides food, clothing and support to some of the most food insecure in York County.

All are invited to register/donate to the Walkathon on May 1st .Event will be held rain or shine. Information is available at or by calling 717.843.5011.

Winning Kugel Recipes

The JFS held it’s 27MTMxNzY2NjM2NjAzNTQ0ODUwth Annual Meeting and Kugel Bake-Off on Sunday, March 6th 2016. The JFS Board of Directors provided an assortment of kugels for guest to taste and vote on their favorite. Additional kugels were also provided and donated to Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in York, Pennsylvania.  Learn more about the history of the kugel here. Below is a list of recipes that were provided for the tasting, including the winning recipe.



#1 – Noodle Kugel | Provided by Louis Mendlowitz

  • 16 oz. broad or medium noodles
  • 1/2 lb. butter or margarine, melted
  • sour cream
  • 1 pt. creamed cottage cheese
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple including juice
  • 2 tsps. vanilla
  • maraschino cherries or other kind if preferred

Cook noodles in boiling salted water until just tender. Drain well and place in large mixing bowl. Add melted butter or margarine and balance of ingredients. Mix well. May be sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar before baking if desired. Cherries, spaced on top. Bake at 350 degrees in greased 13×9″ pan for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.


#2 – Noodle Kugel | Provided by Tracy Benenson | WINNING RECIPE

  • 1 lb wide egg noodles
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 pt. small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 pt. sour cream
  • 8 oz. golden raisins (optional)

Boil the noodles according to the package directions. Mix all other ingredients in a large bowl. Add prepared noodles and mix well. Place mixture in a 13x9x2 aluminum pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour, checking at 45-60 minutes.


#3 – Pineapple Kugel | Provided by Debbie Sherman

  • 24 oz. medium noodles (2 12 oz packages)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2 20 oz cans crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 2 sticks margerine
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Cook noodles according to package, drain. Add 1 3/4 of margerine to noodles and toss to coat. Beat eggs with sugar, vanilla and mix well with the cooked noodles and pineapple. Pour mixture into greased 13×9 baking dish. Sprinkle with connamon sugar and dot with remaining margerine. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Kugel should not be dry. Top should be crisp, but not burned.


#4 – Lokshen Kugel Mit Eppel | Provided by Christine Harrop-Stein

  • ¾ cup (100 g) currants or raisins, black or golden
  • 4 tablespoons rum
  • ½ lb (250 g) medium egg noodles
  • Salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (125 g) sugar
  • ¾ cup (75 g) walnuts or almonds, coarsely chopped
  • Zest of 1 orange or 1 lemon
  • 4 tart apples, such as Granny Smiths
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Soak the raisins in the rum. Boil the noodles in lightly salted water until well done—rather soft.

At the same time, beat the eggs lightly with the sugar. Add the walnuts or almonds and the soaked currants or raisins together with the rum and the lemon or orange zest. Drain the noodles when they are done and stir them in.

Peel, core, and coarsely grate or chop the apples and mix with the lemon juice, then add to the egg-and-noodle mixture. Mix very well and pour into a loaf pan lined with greaseproof or wax paper brushed with oil. Alternatively, pour into an oiled baking dish and cover with foil. Bake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for about 50 minutes, or until lightly browned on top and turn out.


Additional entries were also provided by Trish Arbetman and Lee Smotkin . We want to thank all who participated in baking and to those who provided additional kugels to benefit Our Daily Bread soup kitchen.


10 ways you can volunteer

There is a real and emerging need for volunteers to serve older adults in the York, PA community. JFS provides necessary groceries, rides, and programs to enhance quality of life and connect our older adults with the outside world. Appropriately named, Staying Connected is just one of these programs. Staying connected provides volunteer drivers to older adults, which allows them to get to their appointments and connects them to services that they would not otherwise be able to attend. We would not be able to provide services like this without the efforts of our wonderful volunteer.

So often people have a desire to volunteer, they just don’t know how to get started. Volunteering is great way for people to work together towards a common goal, showcase their individual talents and strengths, and giving back to the community. If you have a few hours a month to donate your time, JFS of York would love to see you volunteer your services with our organization.


Below are 10 ways you can volunteer for Jewish Family Services of York.

  1. Provide a ride. Become a volunteer driver for an older adult through our Staying Connected program.
  2. Serve a meal. Volunteer at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in York city.
  3. Adopt a senior. Serve as a friendly visitor or help them do an activity such as baking or snow shoveling.
  4. Help stock our food pantry. Sign up to be a volunteer shopper, fill and/or organize our Project Manna Food Pantry
  5. Knit or crochet. Join our Stitches of Love monthly meeting and knit warm weather items for area schools and charitable organizations.
  6. Help the JFS Office. Assist with bulk mailings including envelope stuffing and labeling.
  7. Volunteer at annual events. Help us organize our annual Walk-A-Thon against hunger and other events throughout the year.
  8. Showcase your talents. Area photographers, artist, and others with unique talents and strengths are encouraged to share your service with the not for profit sector. Let us know your ability and strengths that we can keep on file to be used during events and other opportunities as they arise.
  9. Make a call. Contact our monthly program attendees to confirm attendance and see if they need a ride.
  10. Donate. Don’t have a lot of time? You can still serve our community by donating food to our pantry or by donating to our funds that allow us to serve our community. You can donate by clicking HERE.

Please call 717-843-5011 or email for more information.


Jewish Family Services of York is a human services agency which provides comprehensive professional assistance consistent with Jewish traditions, values, and culture to the Jewish community and to the community at large in order to enhance their quality of life. This includes but is not limited to geriatric care and advocacy programs, senior transportation programs, and food and safety net programs.

JFS of York does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, vendors, and clients.