Yad Ezra opened its doors in 1990 with the purpose of providing kosher food to vulnerable Jewish families in Southeast Michigan. The founders of Yad Ezra 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 on a monthly basis to families in need. During 1990, Yad Ezra served an average of 250 families every month. Current statistics indicate that we provide an average of 1,300 impoverished families (almost 3,000 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.

Aside from providing a variety of kosher food options, Yad Ezra also:

  • Supports Jewish Day School lunch programs which benefit nearly 1,000 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 making a Kiddush for celebratory occasions



Mission Statement

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.

Core Values

  • Treat clients with dignity, respect and compassion
  • Operate efficiently, transparently and responsibly
  • Focus on continuous improvement
  • Encourage and expand community involvement

Yad Ezra distributes approximately 1,100,000 pounds of free groceries to families in need annually.



What We Do

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