Please note: JFS Orlando is CLOSED to the public until further notice, but our programs and services are still OPERATIONAL. Although we currently cannot accept community food donations under our new safety precautions due to COVID-19, your monetary donations to the Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry are still greatly appreciated and will help us continue to serve the numerous people that are coming to us for food throughout this crisis.

JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry is ALWAYS collecting non-perishable food donations. In 2018, JFS provided more than 68,000 meals to needy Central Floridians in an effort to alleviate hunger in Greater Orlando! 

1 in 7 people

in Central Florida is unsure when they will have their next meal or from where it will come.

78 million meals

a year are needed to fill the hunger gap in our community.

1 in 5 kids

in our community is at risk of going hungry tonight.*

You can help neighbors in need by helping us restock the pantry. Simply pick-up some of the accepted food items below and then drop-off your donation during our office hours.

  • Cereal
  • Pancake Mix
  • Milk
  • Peanut Butter
  • Protein Beans— (black beans, pinto beans or great northern beans, etc.)
  • Vegetables— (green beans, peas, corn, etc.)
  • Spaghetti/Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta— (spaghetti, elbows, etc.)
  • Fruit— (peaches, pears, cocktail fruit, etc.)
  • Soup— (clam chowder, tomato, chicken noodle, beef stew, etc.)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Rice – (White or brown)
  • Canned Tuna/Chicken
  • Snacks (pudding, chips, candy, etc.)

Please note we cannot accept:

  • Expired foods
  • Rusty or unlabeled cans
  • Perishable items
  • Homemade items
  • Non-commercial canned or packaged items
  • Alcoholic beverages or mixes
  • Open or used items

Want to host a food drive with your friends, at your office, or at your business? Check out our Food Drive Planning Kit below for 4 easy steps to get your food drive started during anytime of the year! 

Questions? Contact Assistant Director, Heather Petrusky, at or 407-644-7593 ext. 287.

Thank you for helping us fight hunger in
Central Florida!

*Statistics Source: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida—Hunger Impact Report (May 2019)­­­­