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The Temple’s Women & Men of Reform Judaism Groups Join with JFCS to Benefit the JFCS Food Pantry with Hearts n’ Hoops Program

On Valentine’s Day, more than 40 people attended the Hearts n’ Hoops indoor picnic and game-watching party to benefit the JFCS Food Pantry. With the assistance of Gail Herman, Sharon Caster and Michael Freidman from The Temple and the members of the JFCS Food Pantry Committee, a huge amount of much needed food was collected and donated to the JFCS Food Pantry.

The group met at The Temple’s Klein Center to enjoy lunch and to cheer on the U of L Cards as they defeated Syracuse.

“We would like to thank The Temple for allowing us to offer this community event,” stated Janet Meyer, chair of the JFCS Food Pantry committee. “The Klein Center was the perfect venue for lunch, and the game showed so well on the large screen. We are very grateful for all of the hard work from The Temple and food pantry volunteers to help make this event a huge success!”

Judy Freundlich Tiell, Executive Director of JFCS, spoke to the group at half-time, explaining that food insecurities are a reality for many Jews in the Louisville area. Many are working full-time, sometimes even two jobs, but still have difficulty making ends meet. Others are unemployed due to the recession, and others live on fixed incomes.

The JFCS Food Pantry offers more than 130 clients each month the option of choosing food to supplement their own grocery shopping trips. Tiell shared that some folks “shop” in the Pantry weekly and others visit it monthly, based on their own food needs.

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