What We Do
Yad Ezra provides supplemental kosher food, necessities and enhancements of holidays and lifecycle events to those in need in the Jewish community. We are committed to operating a high quality food pantry through hard work and support of staff, volunteers and donors.
Yad Ezra opened its doors in 1990 to provide kosher food to vulnerable Jewish families in Southeast Michigan. Yad Ezra’s founders learned that there were impoverished Jews living in the community who relied heavily on government assistance programs, including food stamps.
Yad Ezra was founded to alleviate some of our clients’ financial burdens by distributing groceries to families in need. In 1990, Yad Ezra served an average of 250 families every month. Currently we provide an average of 1,200 impoverished families (almost 2,500 individuals) with food, health care items and household goods every month. In addition, Yad Ezra distributes appropriate foods that help enhance the clients’ celebration of every Jewish holiday.
During the pandemic, all food distribution is delivered to clients homes. No clients come to the building. This will continue until further notice.
Aside from providing a variety of kosher food options, Yad Ezra also:
-Supports Jewish Day School lunch programs which benefit nearly 400 children
-Arranges off-site deliveries for clients who are physically unable to come in
-Provides monthly groceries to families in Ann Arbor, Flint, JARC & Kadima homes
-Offers a drive-thru window for those wishing to keep anonymity
-Offers financial assistance through the Harold & Mini Wade Simcha Fund for clients celebrating life cycle events