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COVID-19 Relief Stories: Ron & Julie

COVID food insecurity relief at the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry

Imagine realizing for the first time in your life that you need food assistance.

A Jewish couple, who we’ll call Ron and Julie, faced this reality last year, when COVID-19 infections raced across the globe to Pittsburgh. Ron and Julie had only been living in Pittsburgh for a year and suddenly found themselves unemployed. The feelings you probably imagine—the struggle to adjust to yet another new reality, the discomfort of asking for help—hit this couple hard.

When Ron and Julie walked into the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, the staff gave them not only food but also reassurance and compassion. A social worker referred them to career services at Jewish Family and Community Services and connected them with a variety of other assistance from Jewish agencies united across Pittsburgh. In short, Ron and Julie came looking for food, but they found a community.

It will take a community working together to get through this crisis. Ron and Julie are not alone in their new reality, and your support through the Jewish Federation’s Community Campaign allows us to bridge communication across Jewish agencies and bring relief to people who are suffering.

Support for Vulnerable Populations by the Numbers

A few of the many ways the Community Campaign has supported Jewish Pittsburgh through the COVID-19 crisis.


for CWB to provide unique online programs, workshops and events


for HFLA to meet the dramatic increased demand for emergency loans


for Repair the World to launch Serve the Moment initiative

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