Clarifying JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry services
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Clarifying JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry services

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David Rullo’s recent article “Hebrew Free Loan Association adds free financial coaching to services offered” (Dec. 27) included the statement “While the Squirrel Hills Food Pantry provides aid based on income requirements, the (HFL) new service is available to anyone, regardless of income or religious affiliation.” I write to clarify the services available at the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.

Our pantry provides multiple social services which include food assistance and critical needs support. The food pantry provides one-time emergency food packages regardless of income/circumstance or address. Ongoing food assistance is available to qualified residents of the 15217 zip code, and those who keep kosher regardless of address in our Greater Pittsburgh region. Critical Services provides social work support, guidance and resource coordination with no income eligibility requirements.

Anyone having trouble with SNAP or Medicare/Medicaid benefits, or unsure of what resources are available are welcome at the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. Our doors are open five to six days per week and we are here to serve the entire community. The pantry’s Critical Needs Hotline is 412-742-4215 or critical@jfcspgh.org. I can also be contacted directly at 412-742-4219 or mbolton@jfspgh.org.

Matthew Bolton,
director, JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

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