Hunger among the needy is on the rise in the Jewish community of Northwest Baltimore, according to Jewish Family Services.
At this time last year, the Kosher Food Pantry distributed 400 grocery bags of food a month to 150 families. This year, 600 bags of food are going to 220 families each month.
To aid the pantry's work, JFS is holding its second Hanukkah for the Hungry food drive Dec. 6-20. The first night of Hanukkah is Dec. 14.
The hundreds of recipients will include the elderly, individuals with mental or physical disabilities, the unemployed, the homeless, single-parent families with low income and immigrants.
Donors can bring nonperishable kosher food or send checks to JFS offices at 5750 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore 21215.
Jewish schools and area stores are taking part.
Village Market Natural Grocer in Pikesville donated 5 percent of a recent day's proceeds to the drive. Several other stores have followed suit.
Last year, students at preschools, Hebrew schools and day schools collected 5,000 pounds of kosher food. Donors gave more than $2,500.
Kosher food is suitable to be eaten according to Jewish dietary rules, or kashrut, based on rabbinical interpretation of Biblical law.
Coordinating the drive are Leslie Goldberg and Barbara Scherr, volunteers who began the project last year.
Information: Marcia Greenfield, at 410-542-6300, ext. 296.
Pub Date: 11/24/98