Temple Emanuel Food Bank

Serving our community for roughly 30 years, the Temple Emanuel Food Bank started when the Grand Rapids community brought Russian Jews to the area. We have grown from serving a dozen families to serving close to 40 families monthly.

Families shop at our “Temple store,” where we provide healthy food choices including:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (often from the Ahavas Israel Community Garden)
  • Lean meats and fish
  • Canned and frozen vegetables
  • Soups and pastas
  • Laundry, dish or bath soap,
  • Toilet tissue and paper towels
  • When able, diapers and Ensure for clients with special needs 

Our clients meet poverty guidelines as established by the USDA. First time recipients need only to show up on the distribution day and we will establish their eligibility at that time. By providing healthy food and necessities to our neighbors in need, we help promote health, wellbeing and economic stability. It allows all of us to provide one of the highest forms of Tzedakah – justice.

The Food Bank is generously supported by the members of Temple Emanuel, the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids, and Congregation Ahavas Israel. Healthy food donations are always welcome.


We distribute food on the third Wednesday of every month (unless it conflicts with a Jewish holiday).

Temple Emanuel
1715 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI

Contributions can also be made to our account (#1990) at Feeding America West Michigan to help us purchase food.