Jewish Family Services

of the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties provide information, referral and counseling services to the community including support for individuals with special needs, the elderly and indigent. JFS also operates a food pantry. Individual and group counseling services and support groups provide an emotional safety net to individuals and families who find themselves vulnerable.  Based on traditional Jewish values of social responsibility and concern for all members of the community, JFS serves those in need without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, or the ability to pay. For information and referral services, call Jodi Cohen 239-481-4449 ext-2


Food Pantry


The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties 'Jewish Family Service along with the United Way, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and other county agencies, is a resource offering needy people help with food . Please call 239.481.4449 x-1 to schedule an appointment.



We are experiencing an ever increasing volume of people reaching out to us for food, resulting in a shortage of supplies in our Food Pantry! Many wonderful people and Jewish organizations donate regularly to the pantry, but our stocks are still low.


In order for us to continue this essential service to our community, we call on you at this time to make a donation to the pantry. 


Items needed include:

* Canned tuna/sardines/chicken Pastas/rice
* Instant potatoes Pasta sauces/gravy
* Peanut butter/jelly Canned vegetables, fruits
* Crackers/cookies/sweets Soups
* Small condiments (mayo, etc.) Cereals

* Kidney/baked Beans Juices (small)

* Full-size soaps & toothpaste Boxed meals



• No pork or pork products
• No out-dated items
• No pre-opened items

Also, for example, one 60 oz. jar of jelly (i.e., from Costco) is not as useful as three 20 oz. jars. When you drop off your donation at the Federation, please give us your name so we can properly acknowledge your donation in the next L’Chayim. Thank you in anticipation of your help.