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Jewish Family Services Celebrates Expansion of Kosher Food Pantry in West Hartford

First row, from left: Attorney General George Jepsen, Gene Rosenberg, Michael Cohen, Michael LaBella. Second row, from left: Tara Celani, Michael Miller, Anja Rosenberg, Mayor Shari Cantor, Janice Coyle. Third row, from left: Anne Danaher, Pia Rosenberg Toro, Judy Rosenthal, David Rosenthal. Submitted photo

The Food Pantry has expanded as needs increase in West Hartford and throughout the area.


More than 200 people recently attended Jewish Family Services (JFS) Fifth Annual Embracing Possibility “Helping our Hungry Community” gathering at the West Hartford home of Attorney General George Jepsen and his wife Diana, celebrating the expansion of the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry.

The Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services distributes over 90,000 pounds of food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies each year to local residents within the Greater Hartford area during temporary or long-term times of need.

Jewish Family Services has raised more than $150,000 toward its Annual Friends Campaign which benefits counseling, education, and community support program like the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry.

Founded in 2002, the Kosher Food Pantry serves approximately 700 people in need, distributing 4,000 bags of food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies yearly. The food pantry is for anyone who is experiencing food insufficiency, whether it is a one-time occurrence or an ongoing challenge for a family or an individual.

Event co-chair and development co-chair, Pia Rosenberg Toro expressed, “We’ve seen a dramatic increase this past year and this expansion is a direct response to our community needs. This expansion will make an incredible impact on a family and child in need. No child should be hungry and wondering where their next meal will come from.”

Event co-chairs Pia and Mickey Rosenberg Toro and Judy and David Rosenthal were thankful for the exceptional response. “We are so proud of our community’s generosity. These donations will help tremendously in funding basic human needs services provided by JFS for children, families and adults living in our own community.”

The event was hosted by FOX61’s Jenn Bernstein and Jim Altman.

Jewish Family Services is a partner agency of Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and United Way of Central and Northeastern CT. The agency provides counseling and basic human services to individuals and families throughout the Greater Hartford area. To make a donation of goods to the food pantry, please call 860-236-1927 or visit www.jfshartford.org.

From left: Michael Cohen, FOX 61 Jim Altman, Anne Danaher, Pia Rosenberg Toro, Kim Margolis, and FOX 61 Jenn Bernstein with Mya Rosenberg Toro. Submitted photo

Pia and Mickey Rosenberg Toro and daughters, Maddison, Mackenzie and Mya. Submitted photo

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