YAD EZRA INC

aka Kosher Food Pantry   |   Berkley, MI   |  www.yadezra.org

Mission

Yad Ezra provides supplemental kosher food, necessities and enhancements of holidays and life cycle events to those in need in the Jewish community. We are committed to operating a high quality food pantry through the hard work and support of staff, donors, and volunteers.
We assist our clients in applying for SNAP benefits (supplemental nutrition assistance program) and referring them to other agencies for additional services that are available to them.
In addition to providing free groceries to food insecure Jewish families, we serve members of the greater community through donating non kosher grocery items to Gleaners Community Food Bank of SE Michigan, agencies in emergency situations, and any family in need at least one time.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Ms. Lea Luger

Main address

2850 W 11 Mile Road

Berkley, MI 48072 USA

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EIN

38-2904733

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Registration for SNAP benefits

Program that registers Oakland County seniors for food stamps online at our facility

Population(s) Served

We offer supplemental financial assistance to local day schools in SE Michigan who have lunch programs in place.

Population(s) Served

“The purpose of the Giving Gardens project is to merge the best that a hunger relief social service agency (like Yad Ezra) provides with the passion, innovation and education components found in social justice work. Broadening our volunteer base to include those interested in farming and food systems enables us to expand awareness about the needs of those living in SE Michigan who are food insecure. The Giving Gardens program has already made strong partnerships with agencies in SE Michigan dedicated to hunger relief, food sustainability and the value of growing locally.
All the Jewish holidays are connected to food (or lack of it) along with the seasons and the 7 species referred to in the Bible: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates, so this project is a perfect fit for Yad Ezra. According to My Jewish Learning Website, “the flowering and fruiting of the seven species parallel our own spiritual development, characterized by self-improvement and preparation for receiving the Torah. Since the fruiting of the seven fruits is linked to our own spiritual achievement, it is not surprising that these seven kinds comprise a wealth of spiritual attributes, nutrients, and medicinal properties.”
While Yad Ezra continues to provide free, healthy groceries to food insecure families living in SE Michigan, our hope is to raise awareness and educate volunteers, clients and supporters by bringing them together to experience the benefits of planting and harvesting produce. We are mindful of our Jewish heritage, the connection and importance that Judaism dictates to us to help and educate those in need as well as the opportunities which are being provided to view food and hunger issues more holistically.”

Population(s) Served

In addition to the free groceries we distribute we offer holiday specific foods and gifts for both Jewish and American national holidays.
For example:
4th of July hot dogs, buns and ketchup
Chanukah: gifts for children and Chanukah food package
Pesach/Passover: Seder in a box containing all the food items one needs to create the Seder meal.

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Financials

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YAD EZRA INC

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jeffrey Supwot

Sam Rozenberg

Alan Reiter

Jeffrey Supowit

Yehudit Jubas

Daniel Cherrin

Marcy Fikany

Michael Banks