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Kosher Nutrition FAQs

Who is eligible to go to the Kosher Senior Café?
All people age 60 and older, as well as younger adults with a documented disability, are eligible to dine at the Kosher Senior Café meal sites. Other adults may participate in the meal for a higher contribution (see below).

Do I need to make a reservation?
Reservations are required 2 days in advance of the day you would like to join us for lunch. No reservation is necessary if you plan to join us only for the scheduled activity and are not staying for the meal.

How much does a meal at the Kosher Senior Café cost?
There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal for eligible adults to cover some costs of the café. Non-eligible adults may purchase a meal for $6.50. There is no cost for the social activities provided. Generous contributions from the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and individual donors help keep the costs of this program minimal.

What if I’m not able to pay the $3 suggested donation for the meal?
All donations are made anonymously and no one is turned away who is not able to give a donation.

Is transportation available?
Transportation can be arranged for local residents: those living in Providence or Pawtucket (for the Providence Kosher Senior Café) and those living in Warwick or Cranston (for the Warwick Kosher Senior Café). Round-trip transportation costs $2. Call Neal Drobnis at 401-861-8800 x 107 to make arrangements.

What if I have a food allergy or other questions about the menu selection?
Please call Neal Drobnis at 401-861-8800 x 107 with questions about the menu. He will contact the nutritionist or caterer with any questions or concerns about meal ingredients.

Will I meet new people at the Kosher Senior Café?
Our social activities make this a great place to connect with others. Whether you are looking to meet new friends, get back in touch with friends you have not seen in years, or just get out for a few hours, the Kosher Senior Café is the place to be.

Are there volunteer opportunities at the Kosher Senior Café?
We are always looking for volunteers to deliver meals to the homebound, lead programs of interest for our guests, or help set up, serve, and clean up.
If you would like to get involved let us know by calling Neal Drobnis at 861-8800 x 107.

Who is eligible for Kosher Meals on Wheels?
Delivery of kosher meals is open to homebound Jewish adults who are aged 60 and up or disabled. Deliveries are made only in the following communities: Providence, Pawtucket, Cranston, and Warwick. Please call Meals on Wheels of RI at 401-351-6700 to request kosher meal delivery.

What days are meals delivered?
Our volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels on weekdays, Monday through Friday.

What is the cost of Meals on Wheels?
There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal to help offset some of the costs of the program.

What other resources are available for seniors and others looking for kosher nutrition assistance?
JFSRI offers the Moes Chitim program, which allows hundreds of families with demonstrated financial need to purchase food for Passover each year. In addition, the Jewish Seniors Agency of Rhode Island administers the Full Plate Kosher Food Pantry for families in need.