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.

Since the, kosher home delivered meals and grocery shopping and delivery remains a core service of JFS.

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) Cannot cook 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.

This program is made possible by funding from Albany County Department for Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging and the Administration for Community Living, the many volunteers who generously donate their time, and by your contributions.

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.

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 1-2 hours per week to help deliver these essential services.

Join the JFS volunteer corps! Read about volunteering with us.
Contact Rachel Gershon Rourke:
518-722-4982 or email