Financial & Food Assistance

Even within our small Jewish Community, families and individuals are in need of food and financial aid. With your help, we strive to improve their quality of life with support.

To set up an appointment for financial or food assistance, please call our office at 919-676-2200 , email or click here.

To make a monetary donation to our financial and food assistance program, please click here.

To contribute to our Food Pantry visit our wish list or purchase items online through Amazon.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Jewish Family Services provides short-term emergency financial aid for Jewish individuals and families who are in a financial crisis. JFS assists with emergencies such as utility shuts off, medical bills, late rent, etc. If you require financial assistance, please call to set up an appointment to meet with one of our social workers.

JFS is also proud to take part in the KAVOD SHEF initiative, providing emergency financial assistance for Holocaust survivors in the Wake County community. To learn more about this initiative, please click here. If you are a Holocaust survivor and need assistance, please click here.

Food Assistance

Did you know that more than 651,000 people in central and eastern North Carolina live in food insecure households, and 1 in 4 of them are 65 years or older?

JFS assists those facing food insecurity in several ways:

  • The JFS Food Pantry offers non-perishable kosher and non-kosher items and a limited amount of personal hygiene/toiletry items. Food is donated by members and organizations within the Jewish community and stocked and organized by JFS volunteers. Check out what our Pantry currently needs by visiting our wish list or purchase items on Amazon .

  • JFS also assists Jewish individuals and families with Mitzvah Meals – kosher-style prepared meals delivered monthly and on certain holidays.

  • From time to time, JFS organizes or participates in food collections for other organizations (such as the Interfaith Food Drive) or coordinates volunteer opportunities to address food insecurity (Such as meal packaging for Rise Against Hunger). To learn about an upcoming event, click here.

Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF)


JELF grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions. JELF’s Loans are “last dollar” — they supply the final funds that a student needs to attend school. These loans can be used for study at a college or university, graduate school or professional/vocational school that leads to a degree or certificate.

Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Services is the local administrator of the JELF loan. To apply for a JELF loan, please visit