Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee grants $13,000

HERALD STAFF REPORTNovember 2, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee has granted $13,000 to the Chesed Food Program of the Chabad of Venice and North Port.

This grant was made possible through the support of the Mehler-Lublin Family Fund for Social Service Relief, a fund of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, and other board-restricted funds. The Chesed Food Program provides groceries, meals, emergency food vouchers, clothing, shelter and other supportive services to individuals and families in south Sarasota, Venice, North Port and Englewood.

"South Sarasota County has a large immigrant population from the former Soviet Union, Ukraine, and South America," said Howard Haberer, associate executive director of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. "This population in particular needs assistance with food, clothing, rent, utilities and other basic necessities. We're pleased to help the Chesed Food Program provide these much-needed services."

Examples of people who have received aid from the Chesed Program include:

• The S. family (a single mother with three young children) was recently evicted from their home. The Chesed Food Program is getting them into a new home and is providing counseling, food and clothing.

• The K. family moved from Miami to North Port after the father lost his job. They pick up food from the Chesed Food Program's kitchen twice a week.

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel and throughout the world. The Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. Information: 941-371-4546 or visit

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