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Community Needs Bank


Sid Jacobson JCC’s Community Needs Bank, partner of Island Harvest Food Bank, serves the needs of the food insecure in Nassau County.

The outbreak of COVID-19 demanded an immediate response to our community’s changing needs. As the food pantries we serve closed their doors, we re-envisioned our model of service to directly serve the individuals and families faced with food insecurity across Long Island and Queens. To date, we have donated thousands of pounds of food, household items, and personal protective equipment to the most vulnerable right in our backyard. These donations ensure that our elderly, new parents, and those with compromised immune systems can stay safe at home, students confined to their dorms receive vital resources, and that individuals and families who have lost income have access to necessary items during this uncertain time.

Serving as a collection site and distribution center of non-perishable shelf-stable food, personal care, and household items for small local food pantries in Nassau County, SJJCC’s Community Needs Bank is ordinarily managed by community volunteers and serves as a vocational site for our VTEC (Vocational Training and Employability Center) interns with special needs.

To donate to our Community Needs Bank, click here, and please earmark your donation for Community Needs Bank.

Seed funding for Sid Jacobson JCC’s Community Needs Bank provided by The Sheldon A. Sinnett BASICS Fund, Jewish Communal Fund: Donor Advised Funds, and UJA-Federation of New York


Susan Berman

Director, Center for Community Engagement

(516) 484-1545 x202

Leading SJJCC’s mission to positively impact the world is Susan Berman, Director of Community Engagement. Susan received a master’s degree from Touro College and is an experienced community organizer with…

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