Did you know that 19% of Cleveland Jewish households live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level? This means, that close to a quarter of your friends and neighbors qualify for government assistance. However, even with this assistance, it is often hard for these families to meet their basic needs of clothing, food, and household products.
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, upon learning this statistic, founded a Task Force on Financial Distress. Their recommendation: Establish a Chesed Center. Chesed, for kindness.
In collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, we identified a neighborhood in Cleveland Heights with an underserved population. And, in partnership with exceptional community stakeholders, we opened the Cleveland Chesed Center in March 2016.
A member agency of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Chesed Center is addressing food insecurity in our community by distributing kosher food to families at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The center also provides furniture, clothing, and personal care items to families in need.
This work is life-changing. And, it’s because of you. Thank you – to each and every one of you who made a donation this year. You are the reason we are able to do this kind of incredible work. If you haven't yet given, you can still donate today.
Because of your generous donations, we are able to make the lives your neighbors, teachers, and friends who are struggling just that much easier!
In partnership with CauseMatch, our goal is to raise $300,000 for the Cleveland Chesed Center.
Your dollars will be matched 3:1!
Your $25 donation will provide over $400 worth of food and household supplies to a needy Jewish family.
Community members gather together to affix mezuzos on the newly built Cleveland Chesed Center.