Over the past 21 years, Kung Pao has raised 10’s of 1000’s of dollars and awareness for different organizations. In keeping with the Jewish
tradition of tzedakah (charity, in Hebrew – tied in with a sense of duty and social responsibility), each year Kung Pao donates partial proceeds to organizations and causes we believe in. See below for this year’s and past Kung Pao beneficiaries.
This year we have chosen these two local direct services organizations to support:
Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) Food Programs
For more than 160 years, JFCS has been committed to making sure that those in our community who are hungry, or are at risk of hunger, have enough to eat. In addition to its Food Pantry, which provides sustenance throughout the year to many clients in need in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, JFCS helps to nourish hundreds of individuals annually through a range of programs:
•The Kosher Meals on Wheels program in San Francisco delivers hot,
nutritious meals to frail, homebound seniors with a kosher tradition. JFCS is proud of its partnership on this program with Rhoda Goldman Plaza, which caters these meals.
•The JFCS Food Program in San Francisco is a wonderful source of
nourishment for very low-income people (age 18 – 60) with disabilities and serious medical conditions. Clients receive a weekly delivery of healthful meals and a generous bag of groceries.
•JFCS’ Chicken Soupers volunteers prepare mouthwatering, hearty meals, which they deliver every other week to people with AIDS, chronic illnesses, and disabilities.
•One Friday each month, JFCS holds its Senior Shabbat Outreach
Program lunch in San Francisco.
San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP)
has been saving lives for over 50 years. The agency serves over 30,000
individual clients annually and handles over 60,000 client contacts
nationally. SFSP is about reducing the pain that comes with emotional distress, physical illness, mental illness, and social isolation.
The organization helps people manage their pain so they can improve health, strengthen relationships, and choose life. The organization
operates with only twelve staff members and over 100 volunteers. With only twelve staff members and over 100 volunteers, SFSP is the most efficient form of crisis care known. Their 24-hour crisis number is 415-781-0500.
•San Francisco and Marin Food Banks’ “Healthy Children Pantries”
•The Jewish Home San Francisco’s Esther Weintraub Comedy Clinic
(Click here to download an article about the Comedy Clinic from The Jewish Home’s magazine.) JewishHome-Mag-ComedyClinic-article
- The Brown Twins/JFCS’ Emergency Assistance Fund
- Bay Area Women & Children’s Services Drop-in Services and Food Pantry
- The Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ L’Chaim Adult Day Health Care Center
- Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
- The Jewish Home’s “Esther Weintraub Comedy Clinic”
- The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living’s “Komedy Club and Library”
- Familial Dysautonomia Hope Foundation
- The LGBT Family Assistance Project at Jewish Family and Children’s Services
- SFJCC’s Montefiore Senior Center
- Lesbian & Gay Senior Services Collaborative
- Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD) – A social and information network for women with HIV/AIDS
- Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal – Promoting freedom for Jews in the former Soviet Union & reuniting families in the Bay Area
- Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic -A clinic for low income women with cancer
- Shalom Bayit- Jewish Women’s Task Force on Domestic Violence
- International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
- Jewish Family & Children’s Services AIDS Project
- SF Jewish Film Festival – Program of Jewish humor short films
- Family Link– a hospitality house for visiting families of people with AIDS
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- L. A. Jewish AIDS Services
- Aunt Bee’s Laundry Service – offering free laundry and house-cleaning services to people with HIV/AIDS.
- Women’s Cancer Resource Center
- GESHER: Bridge to Understanding- a joint project of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav & Community United Against Violence
- The late Tamar Kaufman – A Northern California Jewish Bulletin writer battling cancer