Jewish Family Services

exsists to fulfill one of the most important Jewish values: Tikkum Olam, the obligation to make the world a better place.

Jewish Family Services believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to those in need. Jewish Family Services, a non-sectarian, non-profit human service division of the Jewish Federation, strives to enhance the well-being of those in need throughout Lee & Charlotte Counties.

Together we can make a difference!

Food Pantry

The Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties food pantry is small but mighty. Jewish Family Services, along with The United Way, The Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Midwest Food Bank and donations from our generous community, is a resource offering food to people in need.

Marcia Can Help

A fund of the Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Services, Marcia Can Help provides for emergency nutritional needs through our Food Pantry, gift card distribution, and crisis grants to prevent utility cut-offs, evictions, loss of transportation and other essential services without which none of us can live.

Senior Lunch Bunch

Jewish Family Services hosts a free monthly senior program which has grown in popularity since it began in 2016. The senior lunch program fills a need for seniors who might be isolated, less inclined to be social and who want to engage with others in the community and with their peers. Friendships are born and personal connections are made.


Honoring a special person through a tribute gift to the Jewish Family Services of Lee & Charlotte Counties is a wonderful way to recognize a simcha (happy occasion) or remember a loved one.

Jewish Community Emergency Resettlement Assistance Fund

Over the last few weeks, the Jewish Federation has started to receive requests for assistance from local community members whose relatives were able to flee Ukraine and come to Fort Myers, where they are planning to reside. Due to the extreme circumstances of their departure, they were not able to bring much, if anything, with them when they were forced to leave their homes and lives.
**We are very fortunate to have a generous matching gift of up to $10,000.

The Jewish Federation Seeks Volunteers with

Foreign Language Skills.

The Jewish Family Services division of the Jewish Federation has found that clients with limited English language skills encounter difficulty accessing   social services otherwise available in our community.


If you speak languages besides English, we invite you to serve as an occasional interpreter, by phone or in person, for our clients, when they  communicate with various social service agencies.


Do you speak Spanish, Russian, French, Creole, Haitian, Mandarin, etc.?  Please share  your gift of language with the needy in our area. We would like to help break this language barrier.


Send your response HEREWe will contact you as needed. Thank you. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Jodi Cohen at 239.481.4449 ext. 1 or

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9701 Commerce Center Court
Fort Myers, FL 33908

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Debbie Sanford