JFCS Continues 20-Year Tradition


Photo: Volunteers packing Thanksgiving Food Boxes prior to the pandemic.

This month, Jewish Family & Child Service is continuing its 20-year tradition of brightening the season for families and individuals of all ages, including greater Portland’s Holocaust Survivors, experiencing hard times.

Their Thanksgiving Food Boxes and Family-to-Family (previously Adopt-a-Family) programs give hundreds of people who are struggling reasons to celebrate.

This year, JFCS is partnering with many community organizations to help collect non-perishable food items for more than 150 households – that means at least 600 people. On delivery day, they will add all the perishables to the food boxes so those in need can feast on a delicious, nutritious dinner, complete with traditional provisions from turkey to pie. Included will be a $25 Fred Meyer gift card so their clients can personalize their Thanksgiving meal. These food boxes will be packed and delivered to recipients on Sunday, Nov. 21.

The new, streamlined Family-to-Family program provides Fred Meyer gift cards so families can purchase the items they most need for the holidays.

These gift cards will be distributed the week of Monday, Nov. 22, coinciding with the runup to Hanukkah (beginning November 29 this year) and this season’s many festivities.

You can help JFCS making a secure online gift. Your generous donation will be put toward one (or more) of the following:

  • To help JFCS fill its Thanksgiving Food Boxes with holiday favorites like turkey, potatoes and pumpkin pie.
  • To provide Fred Meyer gift cards to supplement clients’ holiday food boxes.
  • To purchase Fred Meyer gift cards for JFCS to distribute to clients in our Family-to-Family program.

Click here to make your secure donation.

JFCS is happy to run this year’s Thanksgiving Food Box program. Ever-mindful of ongoing pandemic restrictions, JFCS staff will gather to fill the boxes, but they are in need of volunteers* to provide contactless delivery of the boxes.

Box pickup occurs on Sunday, Nov. 21, between noon and 2 pm, from the Mittleman Jewish Community Center (MJCC) parking lot.

Click here to sign up for a delivery slot. If you have any questions or problems signing up, contact volunteer@jfcs-portland.org.

These uplifting holiday campaigns are special, offering a wonderful way to give back to those in need in our community.

*Per JFCS’ vaccine mandate, all members of your family participating in this volunteer event must be vaccinated.




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