In February 2018, I attended the national annual conference of the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). AJAS, founded in 1960 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an association of not-for-profit community-based organizations, rooted in Jewish values, which promotes and supports the delivery of services to an aging population. JSA is a longstanding member.
In the fall of 2017, JSA applied for a prestigious AJAS Jewish Programming Award on behalf of our Louis and Goldie Chester Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry. “This award recognizes Jewish programs developed and implemented by AJAS organizations that are innovative, creative and specifically designed to enhance the spiritual well-being of the older adults they serve.” When AJAS announced that the food pantry won this award, it was clear we would accept in person. On behalf of dedicated staff, volunteers and a generous donor community, I humbly accepted in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Through their combined efforts, and through deliveries and pantry visits, the Full Plate feeds over 100 families monthly. Since 2009, it has been recognized as a well-conceived and executed program, providing sustenance to those requiring Kosher food who are food-insecure.
Receiving program recognition is a superlative tribute to JSA and the community-at-large, including the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI that partially subsidizes the program.
Executive Director, JSA