In the last two weeks, Shearith Israel raised just over $30,000 to donate to North Texas Food Bank and JFS of Dallas. Read below for updates on how the money will be used to help those in our community struggling after the storm.
North Texas Food Bank
From Zahra Perez, relationship manager for the North Texas Food Bank:
Please extend our gratitude and appreciation for the support and thoughtfulness of Shearith Israel's gift.
Although NTFB facilities and many in our agency network were closed most of last week out of safety concerns for employees and our volunteer network, we responded with a skeleton crew of team members to emergency requests from the City of Dallas. Alongside one of our member agencies we have coordinated shipments of food and water for their warming centers. We’ve also provided snack bags to the city of Benbrook and Kennedale. In addition, due to boil water notices throughout the area, we’ve also filled emergency requests from the City of Anna and City of Princeton and are actively fielding others. Finally, the weather has impacted the food supply chain in our area- because of this, we’ve quickly mobilized to redistribute truckloads of fresh food waylaid by the winter storm to agencies, so that they are able to safely get into the hands of those who are hungry. We have also started our mobile food distributions again beginning last Saturday at several mobile food distribution sites. As always, the North Texas Food Bank is committed to our vision of creating a hunger-free healthy North Texas and we are thankful to each of our supporters.
North Texans, still experiencing devastating impacts from the pandemic, are facing additional strain as they assess home damage, water supply and food needs.
The North Texas Food Bank has long served our neighbors in times of disaster, and this winter storm is no different. Your support of the Food Bank has allowed us, once again, to be flexible and mobilize quickly to ensure North Texans have access to nutritious food and clean water during this difficult time. Below are just some of the ways NTFB is collaborating with our Partner Agency network and local city governments to help our community.
* With the hazardous road conditions and dangerously-low temperatures last week making our regular Mobile Pantry distributions unsafe for staff, volunteers and our clients, NTFB shifted its focus to fulfilling emergency requests from the City of Dallas and other municipalities to send food and drinking water shipments to warming centers. We were in constant contact with our member agencies to support them in any ways we could.
* We swiftly took advantage of a significant donation from Hello Fresh by identifying locations and coordinating distribution logistics for more than 25,000 boxes of this short shelf-life product (see photos attached!).
* Once conditions were safe, our Mobile Pantry team quickly planned and implemented three Mobile Pantry distributions this past weekend, feeding more than 2,000 households. Over the next two weeks, our incredible mobile team will be facilitating multiple events – up to 3 per day across our service area to address the heightened need this event has produced
Thank you for helping and being a partner in hunger-relief!
JFS of DALLAS
JFS Helps Over 1,100 Individuals Impacted by Storm at Supplemental Food Distribution
Monday morning, Jewish Family Service served over 1,100 individuals at our supplemental drive-thru food distribution, made possible by North Texas Food Bank and Hello Fresh. Each box contained multiple meal kits for families to prepare at home.
Thank you to our incredible staff and volunteers who came in on short notice to lend a helping hand to those who were impacted by the winter storm.
We will continue to have our regular drive-thru food distribution on Thursdays from 9am-12pm for those who are in need of food assistance.
For clients who were already struggling with self-sufficiency, losing food due to extended power outages or dealing with expenses associated with burst pipes is extremely overwhelming. As always, JFS is available to help anyone in need with food and emergency assistance, counseling, information referrals and more.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to JFS at
(972) 437-9950 x340.
The historic winter storm is behind us but for many, there is still a long road to recovery. There is so much to navigate between FEMA applications, insurance claims, and contractors, in addition to addressing basic needs and mental health support. As always, JFS is available to help anyone who may find themselves in need. Below is a brief overview of resources we can provide to you or a loved one as a result of the storm.
Short-Term Financial Assistance
· Costs for plumbing services and home repairs due to burst pipes, or utility bills
· Costs for moving or deposits at new housing options
· Costs for debris removal due to flooding/damage
· Costs for household items damaged
· Costs for food
Jewish Family Service is able to provide families with short-term financial assistance. This assistance can be used for expenses such as plumbing services, repair costs, utility bills, hotel stays, and other storm-related unexpected expenses. Please call the JFS Intake line at 972-437-9950 x340.
Crisis Intervention and Mental Health Support
The mental health effects of living through this storm should not be overlooked. If you are in need of mental health support, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our licensed professional clinicians are ready to provide support to anyone in need - adults, children, and older adults. Please call the JFS Intake line at 972-437-9950 x340.
Hotels, rental space until homes are repaired in the interim while insurance claims are processed.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Weekly Food Pantry Drive-Thru Distribution Thursdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Winter Storm Recovery Resources
It may be hard to keep track of information and resources that are being released and revised daily. JFS Dallas is compiling these resources on their website and updating it regularly. Visit www.jfsdallas.org/winterstorm2021 for resources.
For a full list of services download our overview flyer here.
View the 25 organizations, including JFS Dallas, that received a grant from the Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund here.