Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services Celebrates Naming Of Food Pantry’s Grocery Section As Pargh Family Grocery

Ruth & Norman Rales JFS | Reflections of Hope Luncheon | Pargh Family Grocery | Food Pantry Naming Event

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The grocery section of the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services’ Jacobson Family Food Pantry is now known as the “Pargh Family Grocery” in honor of Madeline and Eugene Pargh, both of whom were original supporters of the pantry.

The estate of Madeline and Eugene Pargh recently donated $400,000 to kick off JFS’ 40th Anniversary Fund. JFS has set a goal of matching the Pargh Family gift by seeking $400,000 in donations from the community.

“Being generous was just the way they were raised,” said Andy Pargh, the youngest son of Madeline and Eugene. “They were a team. They always placed a priority on charitable giving and helping others in need. Based upon their love and support for JFS, especially the food pantry, naming this section in their memory (or honor) is a beautiful way to remember their commitment.”

The Jacobson Family Food Pantry provides bi-monthly, non-perishable food deliveries to over 500 households in South Palm Beach County needing help with one of life’s most basic necessities.

The pantry has grown from feeding just 32 families in 1996 using a storage trailer on the Federation campus to a 2,600-square-foot facility in Delray Beach.

The Jacobson Family Food Pantry also features a “shopping” area for clients with transportation to make selections onsite rather than receive food deliveries. The location, which will now be known as the “Pargh Family Grocery,” also includes a walk-in produce cooler for donated produce and will allow JFS to begin storing store fresh milk.

“We are very grateful to the Pargh Family for their generosity,” Danielle Hartman, Ruth & Norman Rales JFS President and CEO said.  It is very appropriate that their gift will be used to enhance our Jacobson Family Food Pantry. The Pargh Family Grocery will assist JFS in continuing to meet the growing needs of our community.”

The Pargh family hopes that their support inspires gifts from both existing benefactors and new donors. Learn more at