Food Pantry Clients

COVID-19 Virus Update

(updated Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:07 PM)

Please note: JFS Orlando is CLOSED to the public until further notice, but our programs and services are still OPERATIONAL.

The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry will remain open Monday – Thursday 9AM – 4PM. To pick-up food, please call 407-644-7593 to schedule an appointment.

1 in 7 people in Central Florida is unsure when they will have their next meal or from where it will come. JFS Orlando’s Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry fights hunger by providing emergency food assistance to individuals and families.

Food pick-up by appointment only!

Please call 407-644-7593 and dial “0” to schedule an appointment. Bring a photo ID to your appointment.

Food Donations

In 2018, JFS provided more than 68,000 meals to needy Central Floridians in an effort to alleviate hunger in Greater Orlando. We anticipate providing a similar amount, if not more, in 2019.

JFS Orlando is ALWAYS collecting non-perishable food donations. You can help neighbors in need by helping us restock the pantry. Please see the list of accepted donations below:

  • 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!