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Mitzvah Food Delivery Project

The Temple Sinai Mitzvah Food Delivery Project or Food Bank is a project of the Temple Sinai's Social Action Committee and was organized in 1993 to provide food for needy families in the Coachella Valley. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation.

The chair of the Project is Gail Jacobs. Marvin Paul oversees the warehouse operation, food selection, packing and the delivery of several routes.

Currently we are delivering food to over 100 families and 200 individuals each week. Many of our clients are disabled and/or elderly. All of them are poor. We are the only organization in the Valley that does home delivery. Most of our clients are unable to access other food resources and services.

As a "Partner Agency" of F.I.N.D. (Food in Need of Distribution) we pack and store our food at their warehouse in Indio. Early every Tuesday morning between 10 and 15 volunteers meet at the warehouse where they pack preselected and purchased food into numbered and labeled bags. From the warehouse, seven routes are delivered all over the Coachella Valley. Some of them by the packers and some by other volunteers.

We are a referral agency for Social Services, Jewish Family Services, and other synagogues and churches.

The project is supported primarily by a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and the Desert Area. Additional contributions of food and money are made by the congregants of Temple Sinai. Other local Jewish organizations contribute on an occasional basis. We have our big annual food drive at the High Holidays. Currently, all the food is purchased or contributed to us by F.I.N.D. The warehouse health standards do not allow outside food to be brought into the warehouse. We deliver non-perishable groceries (canned goods, pasta, rice, cereals, etc.), bread and bagels and fresh produce every week.

In addition, a supply of non-perishable groceries and ready-to-eat food is available at the Temple. Hungry people come to the Temple and we are always ready to help them with emergency food and $10.00 gift cards from Albertson's and WalMart.

The qualification process is simple. The prospective recipient contacts Gail Jacobs, Food Delivery Project chair. We ask the perspective recipient the following questions:

  • Do you need food delivered to your home or can you pick it up at Temple Sinai?
  • Can you wait until our next weekly delivery day or do you need food immediately? We have the ability to get food out to people immediately.
  • We ask their name, address, family makeup and if their income qualifies under the Federal Government Poverty Guidelines.

The list of recipients is completely confidential. Although most deliveries are directly to the recipient's home, we deliver the food for 12 families to Temple Sinai where they are picked up by the client.

For more information contact the Temple office.

WE ALWAYS WELCOME VOLUNTEERS.

Thu, October 17 2019 18 Tishrei 5780