Donation from Broward philanthropists to benefit The Cupboard kosher food pantry

November 14, 2018

Donation from Broward philanthropists to benefit The Cupboard kosher food pantry

Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County recently received a $600,000 donation from philanthropists Ben J. and Dorit Genet of Hollywood to benefit The Cupboard, the organization's kosher food pantry that aims to eliminate hunger in the county's Jewish community.

GJFS revealed during its recent annual “Feed The Need Brunch” in Fort Lauderdale that drew more than 250 attendees that it will commemorate this gift by renaming the kosher food pantry The Dorit and Ben J. Genet Cupboard.Lisa Rahman, GJFS’ chief executive officer, said in a news release, “This gift comes at an opportune time: the celebration of The Cupboard’s one year anniversary.”

“What began as a brilliant idea by visionaries in our community became a reality in September 2017 when The Cupboard first opened its doors. What’s incredible is that one year later, we provided around 16,000 meals in September 2018 alone, thanks to the generosity of our volunteers, donors and now, the Genets. Their major gift now insures that fewer and fewer people in Broward go to bed hungry.”

Ben J. Genet said in the news release, “I really had no concept that there were 4,000 Jewish people living below the federal poverty level in Broward County."

“As soon as I became aware of this, I wanted to help in some way. The more we learned about The Cupboard, the more we loved the concept – and we chose to jump in and help.”

Visit jfsbroward.org/cupboard/ or call 954-370-2140 for more information on the kosher food pantry, which is located in Davie.

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