In The News — 2021

JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry is proud to announce its partnership with the newest Sprouts Farmers Market location at Colonial Plaza, and since the beginning of December 2021, JFS is picking up food donations from this Sprouts location twice a week.

Currently, the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry is stocked through a combination of food purchases from Second Harvest Food Bank, and food donations from the community, including other grocery partners like Fresh Market and Publix. Now, by adding donations from Sprouts at Colonial Plaza, the Pantry has a wider array of food.

“Our new partnership with Sprouts is truly a great opportunity for us to provide our clients with fresh food,” said Heather Petrusky, JFS Orlando assistant director. “It also comes at a perfect time when our community is experiencing a heightened need for food assistance. We are so thankful for all of our partnerships, as we work together to feed those in need in our community.”

Food pick-ups from JFS grocery partners, including Sprouts, are provided through the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Grocery Alliance Program.

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On Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando presented the Inaugural Michael McKee Volunteer Award.

Held at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market, the event recognized and celebrated McKee’s years of dedication and leadership in support of JFS Orlando. McKee served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and was Board president from 2013 to 2018. In late 2018 through mid-2019, McKee served pro bono as interim executive director during JFS’s transition, making it possible for Jewish Family Services to better serve the community into the future.

During the evening, guests enjoyed cocktails, good company, and passed hors d’oeuvres. Also recognized during the event were Barbara Grossman for her years of service and commitment as a JFS board member, and Ross Pearlman in recognition of his extraordinary service as a volunteer.

The event was sponsored by the Board of Directors of Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Fern & Shep Burr, Rhonda Forest, Roz Fuchs Schwartz, Rachel & Rob Gebaide, and M&H Whisky Distillery.

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Shana Tova! Join Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando (JFS Orlando) in celebrating the Jewish New Year by raising hope through tzedakah (charity). During the Hope Challenge, from September 1st through October 6th, $0.50 of each $1 donated to JFS Orlando will be generously matched by The Pearlman Family, with a total match up to $10,000.

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