Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County Launches The Cupboard – a Kosher Food Pantry


PLANTATION, Fla. – For more than 54 years, Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County (JFS) has been working behind the scenes to provide relief to those who are hungry, including seniors and Holocaust survivors across Broward.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Jacob Schreiber, the Plantation-based organization is taking a bold, new step with its creation of The Cupboard – a kosher food pantry where the county’s Jewish residents who suffer food insecurity will be served. The Cupboard, is opening in a 2,400 square-foot space in Davie and expected to launch this spring. 

To head the initiative, JFS hired Stephanie Silverman Houser as The Cupboard’s director, who is overseeing operations of the tax-exempt not-for-profit food resource. The Cupboard will help meet the food needs of some 4,400 Holocaust survivors, seniors and others who suffer from food insecurity each day, with the ultimate goal of eliminating Jewish hunger in Broward County.

“We’re currently accepting donations to underwrite $275,000 in start-up and operational costs, as well as professional contracting assistance for The Cupboard,” Houser says. “We will soon launch our first food drive and begin stocking shelves with non-perishable food items for a spring grand opening.”

JFS and The Cupboard will source kosher food from food drives, retail outlets, and partnering agencies, such as Feeding South Florida to help meet the needs of its clients, but will also rely on donations from supporters to fill and maintain The Cupboard.

The Cupboard will initially serve as a “choice market,” where people come and choose the items they need. JFS also envisions using volunteers to make deliveries of food to those who are homebound.

“Joining the fight against hunger is a major undertaking; however, it’s one we believe is well worth the effort,” Schreiber notes. “We invite anyone and everyone to join us by helping to fill The Cupboard and becoming a hero to the hungry within our community.”

Since assuming leadership of JFS in May 2015, Schreiber has emphasized the need to take the organization’s actions “out of the office and out into the community.”
Those who want to help support The Cupboard can learn more by contacting Jacob Schreiber or Stephanie Houser at jschreiber@jfsbroward.org / shouser@jfsbroward.org, 954-370-2140, or going online at www.jfsbroward.org/food-pantry/ to donate.

Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County (JFS) is dedicated to empowering individuals, strengthening families and protecting the vulnerable by providing exceptional social services to the entire community, based on Jewish values. The agency has been assisting residents and Holocaust survivors in Broward County for more than 54 years. Goodman JFS provides food, socialization opportunities, reparations, and home care and emergency services to Holocaust survivors and Broward County residents of all faiths who are in need. Its ongoing community outreach brings hope, dignity and joy to the lives of so many in need throughout Broward County.

For more details, visit www.JFSBroward.org.