Give what you can to the people who need it most

Consider the needs of others this winter by donating to local organizations.

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Much of December's special section focuses on the joys of coming together for meals--and elevating food and drinks to an art form. But, at the same time, let's remember the people in our community who do not have enough food to eat and other essentials. We asked JUF-supported organizations that provide for the most vulnerable people to tell us what their clients most need and how to donate. Please consider helping.  



  • Pinto beans, canned corn, canned pineapple, peanut butter and jelly (Beyond Hunger - )
  • 20 oz. bottle of ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, and/or mayo, 10 oz. instant coffee, Box of 20 tea bags of any flavor (EZRA - )
  • Canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned beans, vegetarian baked beans, peanut butter, jelly or jam, tuna, oatmeal, cereal, pasta, rice, couscous, tomato sauce (The ARK - )
  • Nonperishable food or snacks (Holocaust Community Services - )





EZRA is looking for toys to help make the holiday season special for children across Chicago! Purchase toys on one of three Amazon wishlists (infant: , elementary: , preteen/teen: ) or donate directly ( ).

Target gift cards (JCFS - )


The Torah reminds us to "not reap to the edges of our fields" but rather leave the gleanings of our harvest for the poor and the stranger. The operative word to me is "leave" because it implies that the recipient should be afforded some dignity: the food should be left for them to take as they need it--they should not have to ask. So too with EZRA, we ensure that our clients are treated with dignity and respect. when faced with the choice of securing food for their families vs. "luxury" items such as coffee, tea, and condiments, clients always choose basic food needs first. Also, please consider that basic hygiene items are not covered by SNAP benefits.

~Heidi Kon, Director, EZRA Multi-Service Center


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