High Holidays Food Drive

Donate. Help Stuff Our Pantry!

Help stuff the JFS pantry at Annual High Holidays Food Drive in York, PA. Members of the Temple Beth Israel, Ohev Sholom Congregation and Hanover Hebrew Congregation work collaboratively to support the Project Manna Food Pantry, operated by Jewish Family Services of York, PA. During the Jewish High Holidays of Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur, individuals and families are encouraged to participate in the High Holidays Food drive by bringing non-perishables to the following locations.

Ohev Sholom Congregation – Kol Nidre, Sept. 18th

Temple Beth Israel – Yom Kippur morning, Sept. 19th

Hanover Hebrew Congregation – Yom Kippur morning, Sept. 19th

JFS of York Office – Always accepts donations Mon-Thursday 9am-3pm


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Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Offers Vouchers

York County Farmers Market

York County Farmers Market Senior Nutrition Program

The York County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible York County seniors. This program provides $20 in vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from participating local farm markets. York County residents who are 60 years of age or older, and who have a 2017 total gross annual household income at or below $22,311 for a single person or $30,044 for a couple, are eligible to participate. All income is included when calculating total gross income.

Proof of age and York County residency must be shown to obtain vouchers. A 2017 farmers market proxy form, along with proof of age and residency, is required for anyone picking up vouchers for another eligible individual, including a power of attorney. The 2016 proxy form is available at most senior centers or can be downloaded from the Forms & Documents page of the Agency on Aging’s website at www.ycaaa.org. One individual may not pick up vouchers for more than four people.

Individuals are eligible to receive the vouchers only once per calendar year. The vouchers can be redeemed between June 1 and Nov. 30. Residents of nursing homes, personal care facilities, or any residential setting that offers meals are ineligible to receive the vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed at the following York County locations for as long as the supply lasts:

  • Thursday, June 1, 9-11:30 a.m. – Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover Township
  • Friday, June 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown
  • Monday, June 5, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Northeastern Senior Community Center, 131 Center St., Mount Wolf
  • Tuesday, June 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – South Central Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom
  • Thursday, June 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth’s Church Road, Suite 103, Spring Grove
  • Friday, June 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Crispus Attucks Association, 605 S. Duke St., York
  • Wednesday, June 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Susquehanna Area Senior Center, 2427 Craley Road, Lower Windsor Township
  • Thursday, June 29, 9-11:30 a.m. – White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York
  • Thursday, July 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Dillsburg Senior Activity Center, 1 N. Second St., Dillsburg
  • Friday, July 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Golden Connections Community Center, 20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion
  • Tuesday, July 11, 9-11:30 a.m. – White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York
  • Wednesday, July 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Red Land Senior Center, 736 Wyndamere Road, Newberry Township
  • Thursday, July 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Hanover Council of Churches, 136 Carlisle St., Hanover
  • Tuesday, July 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville
  • Thursday, July 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, York
  • Tuesday, July 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Calvary Bible Church, 603 Wilson Ave., Hanover
  • Thursday, Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 N. Richland Ave., York
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – White Rose Senior Center, 27 S. Broad St., York
  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Heritage Senior Center, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover

Anyone requiring further information should contact the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9610.

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2017 Hustle 4 Hunger Fun Run & Walkathon

Participants joined in the Hustle 4 Hunger event on May 7th, 2017 at Springettsbury Park in York, Pennsylvania. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, volunteered, and sponsored this important fundraiser. Proceeds benefit JFS of York’s Project Manna Food Pantry and the Northeast Neighborhood Association Food Bank. To learn how you can participate in the 2018 Hustle 4 Hunger Fun Run and Walkathon, like us on facebook or visit the Hustle 4 Hunger York website.

Consider making a donation today!

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Honoring a Community Leader at Hustle 4 Hunger York

On May 7th, the 16th annual Hustle 4 Hunger York Fun Run & Walkathon will be held at Springettsbury Park. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Register here.

The event will benefit the food pantries of the Project Manna program at JFS and the Northeast Neighborhood Association food bank.

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Chrystal Sexton-McEachin

We will dedicate our first lap in memory of Chrystal Sexton-McEachin, a local community leader and director of the Northeast Neighborhood Association for over 20 years. She was a matriarch of the York community, and her impact was felt in her neighborhood and throughout the city of York. Sexton-McEachin’s vision led to the unique partnership between JFS and the Northeast Neighborhood Food Bank. We will miss her energy and friendship.

For more information about Chrystal’s legacy, read this recent editorial in the York Dispatch.

All are invited to register/donate to the Hustle 4 Hunger York Fun Run and Walkathon on May 7th at Springettsbury Park. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information, and to register online visit www.Hustle4HungerYork or by calling 717.843.5011.


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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.


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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 walk.jfsyork.org. 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 walk.jfsyork.org or by calling 717.843.5011.

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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
  • 1.pt 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.


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Protecting Our Veterans

Food Insecurities and SNAP Concerns

This Week Abby Leibman, President and CEO of Mazon – A Jewish Response To Hunger,  gave testimony at the House Agriculture Committee on Nutrition to bring awareness to the many challenges faced by veterans that lead to food insecurity.  In her testimony, Leibman shared the enormous need to protect the SNAP program. She states the need for more and accurate data as well as removing policy barriers would be a great benefit to this unique group.

In addition to  Leibman’s testimony, Mrs. Tebbens, a former military spouse, gave her personal account of her life in the military. It is an all too familiar story of our active duty member’s challenges of frequent moves resulting in spouse unemployment, and the inability to qualify for SNAP benefits due to the inclusion of BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing).

Mr. Faris, representative from the Meals on Wheels agency shared the story of Emily “who is unable to leave her home and how meals on wheels is providing a friendly and personal connection in addition to nutritional aid resulting in better health”. Mr. Faris stated “1 in 6 seniors struggle with hunger and 87% of this at risk group require assistance with grocery shopping”.

This information focuses on the need for  more local services like the food closet and transportation service we offer here at JFS of York. Snap is a piece of a much larger puzzle and our roles in the charitable sector in fighting hunger will make a difference in our individual communities as well as our nation.

To watch the entire hearing, please click  HERE

JFS of York is proud to serve our community with our Staying Connected ride volunteer program, which allows our seniors to get to a grocery store and help battle food insecurity. To learn more about how you can become a volunteer driver and serve our senior community, contact Carol Miller at cmiller@jfsyork.org or by calling 717-846-2235

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Help Support Project Manna

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Project Manna is JFS’s response to hunger in our community. This morning a gentleman dropped off several bags of canned goods to our office. These random acts of kindness don’t go unnoticed.

There are many ways to help Project Manna. Providing canned goods is a great option. You can also be a hands-on volunteer and help to stock shelves, shop for food and pack the distribution bags for our clients once a month.

JFS works as a safety-net program with individuals and families to identify potential resources to assist them with their basic needs and ensure that they don’t fall through the cracks with their needs not being met.

JFS relies on dozens of volunteers, of all ages, to help operate the pantry. Make a commitment to volunteer once a week.

Next time you go grocery shopping, pick up a couple of extra non-perishable items and donate them to JFS through Project Manna or add them to a community food drive.

Here is a list of items most needed in our Pantry. You can call Susie at 717-843-5011 to arrange to drop of food items and also talk about all of our volunteer opportunities at JFS.


Canned soup
Canned fruit in juice and vegetables
Grains: Rice, pasta, etc
Meatless spaghetti sauce
Peanut butter & jelly/jam
Soft breakfast/granola bars
Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins
Canned tuna
Macaroni & Cheese
Dried Fruits & nuts
Vegetarian baked beans
Instant oatmeal
Coffee, tea
Detergent & dish cleaner
Dog and cat food

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Join us to fight hunger!

JFS serves the York community in many ways. We partner with congregations to staff Our Daily every month. On a given day volunteers will serve between 200-300 meals.  A hot meal with others helps hungry neighbors meet many needs. People who lack access to food are fed. Individuals that crave company in a warm safe location receive just that.

Our daily bread is stocked with donated food or items purchased with donated funds. Our Daily Bread is dependent on volunteers. Some volunteer to make the meal and transport it to the kitchen, others, such as the JFS crew, volunteer their time to serve hot meals.

We arrange for volunteers at Our Daily Bread on the first Thursday of each month and occasionally later in the month as needed. Serving meals any day of the month will give insight to the Fight Against Hunger in York. In the beginning of the month, people that come to Our Daily Bread have chronic hunger needs. Families who attend meals in the end of the month generally have depleted their monthly budget for food.  Our Daily Bread becomes the guaranteed meal that prevents people in York from going hungry.

Volunteer to help Our Daily Bread, contact JFS at (717) 843-5011.  We always welcome volunteers in our Fight Against Hunger.

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