COVID 19 Support

Accessing the JFS Food Pantry

Jewish Family Services provides food, personal care items and other necessities from our food pantry. We understand during these difficult times the needs are great. 

Current food pantry clients will be contacted regarding ordering, pick-up and/or delivery.

If you are not currently a JFS Food Pantry Client, and are in need of assistance, please fill out the “I need assistance” form or call 704.364.6594 and a member of our staff will contact you.  

Older Adults

Now more than ever, we at JFS understand the importance of human connection, especially with our most vulnerable population – our seniors.  Our staff and volunteers are providing on-going personal contact, by phone, and sharing online resources so seniors can remain engaged and connected.

We continue to monitor the needs of this community so we are able to provide all types of assistance, especially for those who are home-bound and unable to retrieve the supplies they need.  If you or someone you know needs assistance, please click on the “I need assistance” form or call JFS at 704.364.6594.

Financial Support

Medical illness, job loss and other hardships are not uncommon during times like these. JFS is working on providing support and assistance whenever feasible and possible. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please fill out the “I need assistance” form or call us at 704.364.6594.


We greatly appreciate how many of you have reached out and offered to help with food or medication deliveries, preparing meals, making calls or doing whatever is needed. THANK YOU!

We invite all those who would like to help to fill out the “I want to volunteer” form. We will match up your areas of expertise with the volunteer opportunties.

Mental Health

We at JFS are working hard to provide mental health support to our clients.  Currently, we are engaging with clients via phone and visual conferencing and will continue to do whatever is necessary for clients to feel safe and supported at this time. 

If you are not a current client but would like to explore these services, please fill out the “I need assistance” form or call us at 704.364.6594.  Someone will contact you within 24-48 hours. 

Online Programs and Activities

Grief & Loss Support Group (Tuesday afternoons 10/6 – 10/27))

Are you struggling with the loss of a loved one?  Everyone experiences grief differently, especially now during such unusual times, but that does not mean you have to experience it alone.

JFS is now offering an online, 4-session support group. An opportunity to cope with your loss in a safe, caring supportive space.  Gain support and give support and spend time with others who “get it”.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, from 3 – 4 p.m., October 6th – 27th   (10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27)

To register, send an email to or call 704.364.6594.

October 20th, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.

“Self Care and Coping 101” Join us for an interactive workshop to learn hands-on practical skills to reduce stress!

You will get a chance to practice easy at-home relaxation activities to help improve mood, sleep, and your sense of well-being during this challenging time. Skills will include guided breathing, mindfulness, grounding techniques, and ways to think positive!

Zoom Link:

November 3, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.

“Is the Mediterranean Diet for You?” – Join your friends for an educational experience learning about the many  health benefits and ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet. We will tempt your taste buds with healthy ingredients and delicious meals.

Zoom Link: 

November 17,  Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.

“Laughing at Life:  Jewish Comedians Through the Ages” – We all love to laugh and we need it now more than ever!  We’ll share some information about some of the more and less known Jewish comedians and watch some of their acts.

Zoom Link:


Stress-Relieving Activities

3-Minute Breathing Space:

Full Yogic breathing:

Progressive Muscle Relaxation:

Savoring Our Jewish Community – from the Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community

Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community is proud to partner with I’m Not Done Yet for a series of facilitated open forums to keep us connected to one another and our community.

Connect virtually via Zoom for 30 minutes twice a week on Mondays at noon and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

The strength of our Jewish community requires us to care for each other, especially for those of us in physical, emotional, and financial need.

register now

to share your experiences, challenges and insight.

For additional information, questions or ideas please contact Sharon Blumberg at or Phil Warshauer

For virtual worship services, both Temple Beth El and Temple Israel offer live streaming:

Other Virtual tours and activities: The beautiful tulip season is currently in full bloom in the Netherlands, even if no guests are allowed to tour the gardens. Take a virtual tour through one of the main tourist attractions in Holland with this link. Here’s a quick tour of a 3D art exposition in Paris And here’s a quick story from Itzhak Perlman to lighten our mood!

For musical diversion:

For exercise at home: or

For caregivers:

Coronavirus & Older Adults (AARP answers your questions)

Tips for Dementia Caregivers

Family Caregiving During Coronavirus

Managing Caregiver Stress (from CDC)

Spectrum is offering free broadband and WiFi internet access to students impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. To enroll your household in this offer call 1-844-488-8395.

Common Wealth Charlotte: Advanced Financial Advisors are available to answer some basic questions: “What if I cannot pay my mortgage?” “What if I cannot cover my car payment?” Text the word “finances” to 474747 and submit a question.

Disaster Distress Helpline: Provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies. Call (1-800-985-5990) or text (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers.

NC 211 Hotline remains open and available to support those who need resources. NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to get free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. Info available here.

NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free:

Additional Resources and Tip sheets: 

Triple P Parents Weekly

Social Activities At Home

If You Lived in the White House-March 30th

Wellness workbook-free resoure by Rblough

Senior Poems

24/7 Help-lines for Support & Resources

  • Mecklenburg County Public Health Department
  • Center for Disease Control (CDC):
  • Atrium Health 24/7 Behavioral Health Line (local for Charlotte)
    704-444-2400 or 800-418-2065
  • Cardinal Innovations Mental Health Crisis Line – Call **275 (**ASK)
  • National Suicide Hotline 24/7
  • The Trevor Project- LGBTQ+ crisis hotline 24/7
  • Crisis Text Line- 24/7 Text Hotline
    Text “Hello” to 741-741

Behavioral Health Emergency Services

(local for Charlotte)  
Mobile Crisis (704) 566-3410 (Choose Option 1)
(24/7 crisis assistance counselors in Charlotte)

911-Emergency Services

Domestic Violence Support & Resources

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233
  • Safe Alliance (Charlotte DV Shelter and services) 704-336-3210
  • Greater Charlotte Hope Line (Crisis Line for parenting, DV and sexual assault)
    980-771-HOPE (4673)