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Handmaker and Chabad team up for kosher Meals on Wheels

From left, Rabbi Yossie Shemtov of Chabad Tucson with Handmaker Director of Food and Facility Services Mike Felde, Pastry Chef Julie Ogroski, and Executive Chef Claire Wilmouth (Photo: Faye Gandolfi)

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging has announced a partnership with the ongoing Chabad of Tucson Kosher Meals on Wheels program. By providing affordable kosher meals to those in need, this collaboration helps tackle the issue of food insecurity in the local community.

The program will provide glatt kosher Chabad meals made by Handmaker at cost, between $5-7 per meal. All Meals on Wheels and Shabbat offerings will be under the strict kosher supervision of Rabbi Yossie Shemtov.

“Rabbi Shemtov came to us with the idea for the Kosher Meals on Wheels,” says Mike Felde, director of food and facility services at Handmaker. “Handmaker has a large kosher kitchen, and he knows the people in need of affordable kosher meals. It’s a great partnership. Holiday meals will be available for each holiday, like we did for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, as well as a variety of dairy and meat options. We are doing kosher catering as well.”

Those interested in purchasing meals can contact Felde at (520) 322-7009 to order and arrange delivery of kosher meals to their homes.

For information on contributing to this program, contact Nanci Levy at (520) 322-3632 or

“It is a wonderful merit to be able to share in this special cause of providing delicious first class kosher food to our Jewish community,” says Shemtov.

Handmaker President and CEO Elie Pollak says the organization is proud to inaugurate the Kosher Meals on Wheels program, part of a variety of outreach programs for the Jewish and greater Tucson community Handmaker offers in addition to its geriatric services.