Volunteers wanted for JFCS Matza and More project, now in 43rd year

Jewish Family & Children’s Services is seeking volunteers and donations for its Matza and More project,, which it started in 1970. Local businesses, synagogues and Jewish organizations join JFCS in collecting and delivering a variety of food items to more than 200 individuals and families to help them celebrate a Passover Seder.

Bags of groceries will include jars of gefilte fish donated by Whole Foods and produce donated by Shamrock Foods, Inc. In kind donations from Safeway, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and Albertsons enable JFCS to purchase items to supplement the contributions of the congregations and organizations.

Boxes of matzoh, macaroons, matzoh ball soup mix, walnuts, grape juice, horseradish, additional gefilte fish and Shabbat candles will be part of this year’s food baskets, donated by Congregations Anshei Israel, Bet Shalom, Chaverim, Chofetz Chayim, Eshel Avraham, M’kor Hayim, Or Chadash, Temple Emanu-El and Young Israel, the Northwest Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, the Secular Humanist Jewish Circle and Tucson Hebrew Academy. Each organization collects specific food items and brings them to JFCS on March 14.

Additionally, author Ron Kopman donated copies of his “30 Minute Seder” haggadah.

The food and haggadahs will be packed March 15.  On March 17, volunteers will deliver the food to recipients. An additional 15-20 volunteers are needed to deliver the bags.

Donations to JFCS to support this program are can be made online at http://jfcstucson.org/donate/matza-more/. Donations also help JFCS send Passover baskets to Jewish service men and women from Tucson who are serving overseas. Checks can be mailed to Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Matza & More 2013, 4301 E. 5th Street, Tucson, AZ 85711.

To volunteer, contact project manager Linda Krause at matzaandmore@jfcstucson.org.