Food Closet

Food Closet

Donate non-perishable, non-expired food items or grocery store gift cards to help keep the CJFS Food Closet stocked with the foods individuals and families need on a daily basis to make ends meet. You can also sign up to volunteer for the Senior Grocery Initiative, a monthly initiative that provides low-income older adults with groceries in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.

Food and Gift Card Donations

To learn how YOU can help keep our CJFS Food Closet fully stocked and organized to serve low-income clients, please contact Erika Marx at or 205.879.3438

Tips for donating food:

  • Basics are Best, and think of making a meal – peanut butter, crackers, and jelly; tuna/salmon, mayo, and crackers; cereal & shelf-stable milk or milk alternatives; pancake mix and canned fruits; pasta & tomato sauce; canned beans and rice.
  • Our elderly and disabled clients have special needs consider purchasing some products with reduced-sodium or no added sugar, or shelf-stable convenience “entrees” for our clients who cannot cook (vegetarian items, please).
  • Expiration Dates – if you are making room in your pantry by sharing with CJFS, please check dates before making food gifts. If no date is printed, we cannot distribute the food. 
  • Buy One, Get One FREE – think of CJFS if you have room in your cart for special offers of “free” non-perishables while doing your own shopping.
  • Donate at the J – Drop off non-perishable food donations in the CJFS bin in the lobby at the Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Rd.