For two decades, a top priority of Madeline Pargh was the establishment of a Kosher Food Pantry to serve the needs of the Southern Palm Beach County Jewish community. In 1996, through hard work and persistence, Pargh’s dream came to fruition through the oversight and management by the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Service organization based in Boca Raton, Florida.
The Kosher Food Pantry delivers non-perishable groceries, some fresh fruits and vegetables and challah every other week free of charge to people experiencing serious financial difficulties. Founded in 1996, the Food Pantry was established to ensure that no individual or family in our community goes hungry.
The Food Pantry’s mission is to help alleviate the burden of hunger so that those in our community who are experiencing this challenge can direct their efforts towards improving their situation. Providing for those who are lacking the means to afford basic necessities is also the essence of Tzedakah, which asks us to help those in need live with more dignity and comfort.
On February 25, 2019, through a grant from the Pargh family, Jewish Family Services honored Madeline, Eugene and the Pargh family with the naming of the latest expansion of the Food Pantry – The Pargh Family Grocery. This grocery allows those in need to have a grocery store that stocks staple items that are provided at no charge to participants who have been screened and registered in this worthwhile program.
Located in the Delray area of Palm Beach County, the Pargh Family Grocery is staffed by full- and part-time personnel who strive to treat those in need with the utmost of respect and allow the participants to maintain their dignity during times of need.