East Valley JCC launches JBox for kosher lunch delivery

In September, the East Valley Jewish Community Center (EVJCC) will launch JBox, a kosher monthly lunch delivery service for seniors and families in need in the East Valley. JBox is the new name of Ladles of Love, the EVJCC’s kosher meal delivery service that began in 2016.

The meals will be prepared by Chef Melinda McNeil in the EVJCC’s kitchen, which is under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Michael Beyo. The meals will be delivered by staff members and volunteers, in a contactless delivery in an effort to keep both recipients and drivers safe.
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The original program welcomed groups of volunteers to help prepare meals in the EVJCC’s kitchen one Sunday a month and then deliver them to seniors and families in need across the Valley. The new format was partly due to needing to limit the number of people in the kitchen because of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The shift to focusing on East Valley residents was due to an increased need in the East Valley and the necessity to increase and improve timing with relation to food preparation and delivery. Last year, the Ladles of Love program served over 3,000 meals and the EVJCC plans to exceed that number this year due to the pandemic, according to Rabbi Michael Beyo, EVJCC CEO. This new format also provides an opportunity to add additional delivery dates if needed.
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The first meal delivery will be Wednesday, Sept. 30. To sign up for a meal or to recommend a meal delivery for someone in need, visit evjcc.org/jbox. Volunteer drivers can also sign up on the site.

The mission of the East Valley JCC is to be a center for social, cultural and educational activities to engage families and individuals through Jewish values throughout their lifetime.

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