Essential Services

In response to the pandemic, JFS partnered with Jewish Federation and the Shalom Food Pantry and launched critical services to help individuals and families hardest hit by the stay-at-home orders. Helping older adults and individuals with vulnerable health issues, as well as families with children became, and remain, our top priority. As a result, we launched:

Home Delivered Kosher Meals
We contracted with Albany County to offer home-delivered kosher meals to the homebound, including anyone age 60 years or older. In addition to keeping kosher, an individual must meet all three of the following criteria to be eligible for the program:

1) Is incapacitated due to accident, illness, or frailty;
2) Lacks the support of family, friends, or neighbors;
3) Is unable to prepare meals because of lack or inadequacy of facilities; inability to shop, cook or prepare meals safely; or lack knowledge or skill.

Those who could benefit from receiving home-delivered meals, but don’t require kosher meals, can call Albany County NY Connects at (518) 447-7177 for an intake interview. Referrals can be made by family, friends, or community agencies.

Grocery Shopping and Delivery
We have a corps of volunteers who have made themselves available to shop and deliver groceries to those who cannot/should not leave their homes. Groceries will be picked up and delivered by a volunteer who will be wearing a mask and practicing safe social distancing.

Produce Delivery
With the abundance of the fall harvest, we are able to deliver fresh produce one time per week. While you cannot choose what is delivered, the produce is fresh from local farms.

If you would like to take advantage of any of these programs, please contact Lisa Gally, Director of Essential Services for JFS at 518-516-1107 or

Volunteers are needed 2-3 hours per week to help deliver these essential services. If you would like to do a mitzvah, please contact Lisa Gally to sign up.