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In another twist, Jews in their 50s and early 60s
are trying to access the Chicago agency's older
adult services program.
between June 2008 and July 2010. That
represents a 24 percent increase from the
previous two years.
In another twist, Jews in their 50s and
early 60s are trying to access the agency's
older adult services program, which tradi-
tionally serves much older individuals.
San Francisco's Jewish Family and
Children's Services, which serves about
65,000 mainly Jewish individuals a year,
had one food pantry two years ago. Now
the organization has five, one in each
county it covers.
Executive Director Anita Friedman says
two-thirds of the program's food clients
signed up within the past year.
"There has always been a small group of
chronically poor in our community, but the
tsunami is the thousands who have recently
lost their jobs," she said."Insurance, bank-
ing, finance, the tourist industry, anything
related to real estate — all these have been
In Baltimore, Jewish Community
Services helped 25,000 of the region's
90,000 Jews over the past year with every-
thing from food aid to employment assis-
tance. The usual short-term programs of
one or two months are no longer enough,
Gradet says. Clients now need help for six
months to a year.
In 2007, the organization spent $750,000
in housing and food assistance. In the past
year it spent $1.2 million.
Gradet says former government workers
— attorneys, money managers and other
white-collar professionals — have been
showing up asking for help.
Thankfully, say those in charge of these
food programs, the Jewish community
has stepped up to help out with donations
and volunteering their time. In Baltimore,
a recent $500,000 matching grant from a
local donor was quickly matched by other
contributions from the community. Other
cities report similar gestures.
"The Jewish community is very sensi-
tive to these issues and is very generous:'
Friedman said. "It's a blessing:' ❑
Jewish News Associate Editor Alan Hitsky
contributed to this story.
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