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    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 assistance, contact Lisa Bendetowicz at 239-481-4449 x 6 or

    Food Pantry

    The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties’Jewish Family Service along with the United Way, the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Ruth Cooper Center 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.

    Lee County Emergency Assistance Pocket Guide

    was prepared to help those who find themselves homeless or in immediate need of some sort of assistance. It does not contain all the services which may be available to assist you or guarantee services are still available. Our sincere hope is that it will connect you with someone who can be of assistance. This guide contains information in the following areas:

      *  Emergency Housing
      *  Low Income Housing Assistance
      *  Transitional (Halfway) Housing
      *  Emergency Financial Aid
      *  Soup Kitchens (Meals)
      *  Food Pantries
      *  HealthCare
      *  Dental Services
      *  Clothing
      *  Counseling
      *  Substance Abuse
      *  Employment Training
      *  Transportation
      *  Veterans
      *  Legal Services

    Services Help Line:
    United Way 211 of Lee County
    24-Hour Information and Referral Service - (239) 433-3900
    7275 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908
    Emergency: 911 (Police, Fire, Ambulance)