JFCS seeks food, helpers for Passover baskets

Jewish Family & Children’s Services is joining with local synagogues and other agencies for its annual “Matza & More Passsover Project,” collecting food items for nearly 200 Passover baskets that volunteers will deliver to families in need on April 17.

Since 1970, JFCS has helped to ensure that local families can celebrate a traditional Seder; last year, volunteers delivered 185 Passover baskets.

Baskets will contain items such as matza, grape juice, gefilte fish, horseradish, macaroons, matza meal, candles and walnuts, along with a copy of the “30-minute Seder” Haggadah donated by the author and owner of 30minuteseder.com. They will also contain fresh produce donated by Shamrock Foods.

Congregations collecting food items include Anshei Israel, Bet Shalom, Chabad on River, Chaverim, Chofetz Chayim, Eshel Avraham, Kol Simchah, M’kor Hayim, Or Chadash, Temple Emanu-El and Young Israel, along with Hadassah Southern Arizona and the Northwest Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Items may be ordered at the 5th Street Deli for delivery to JFCS; call Asher Amar at 325-3354.

JFCS is seeking volunteers and financial contributions; donations are used to offset the cost of purchasing items not collected by community agencies and synagogues.

Volunteers may join in basket preparation and/or delivery on Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you or someone you know needs assistance during the Passover season, or you wish to volunteer or make a contribution, contact Jennifer Power at 795-0300 ext. 2212 or jpower@jfcstucson.org.