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Petaluma's Inclusive Center for Jewish Life

Petaluma Food Pantry

B'nai Israel participates as part of an interfaith network in Petaluma that volunteers at the Petaluma Food Pantry. Each week, a different church or synagogue takes responsibility for setup, distribution and cleanup of food items that are delivered to the church. B'nai Israel takes the fourth Thursday of each month. We gather at 4 p.m. at Elim Lutheran Church, located at 504 Baker St., to set up the tables and place the food to be distributed. The doors open at 5:30 pm.

We usually have between 35 and 70 people who line up to take food items, which they take home to cook. We give out lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods and bread. People who come for food are Petaluma residents from all walks of life. Often they come with their children.

The total time commitment is one voluntary hour per month. It is a pleasure to participate in this act of kindness and the recipients are very grateful for what is given.

Join Us!

We are a small group of volunteers, and we really need your help!

Please consider coming to volunteer with us. You do not have to lift anything heavy. It is a small amount of time for a huge reward and it costs you nothing.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please call Ilene Mattison-Shupnick at (707) 778-7567 or you can email


We gratefully accept monetary donations. The B'nai Israel Jewish Center's participation in the Food Pantry depends on community support. We purchase food from Redwood Food Bank every month to give those who pass through the food line. We also provide a hot meal before the pantry on those nights.

A $10 monthly donation ($120 a year) would go a long way to assist our efforts. If that is too much, we will be happy to accept any amount you can spare. The happy faces of our customers make this all worth while. Checks can be made out to BIJC and marked "food pantry" in the memo line. Thank you in advance.

Tue, July 14 2020 22 Tammuz 5780