Many in our community face hard times, encounter a crisis or worry about meeting their basic needs. Jewish Family Service provides emergency financial assistance and essential services to assist with food, housing, utilities and other necessities.


Food Pantry

Jewish Family Service maintains a food pantry stocked with nonperishable staple items such as pasta, rice, beans, soups, canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, cereal, etc.

These items are available to JFS clients and community members living with food insecurity.

Contact the JFS office at or (512) 250-1043 for more information.

Emergency Financial Assistance

Jewish Family Service is able to provide emergency financial assistance to Jewish individuals in the Greater Austin area during times of financial hardship. We believe everyone should have access to participate in our community, regardless of financial need. 

Limited funds are available to address basic needs such as rent, mortgage, utilities and food. Assistance is geared towards addressing the most critical needs such as avoiding eviction, utility shut-off and hunger.

All requests for assistance are carefully screened utilizing a financial assessment. Related documentation such as copies of current bills, leases, and bank statements may be required.

Funding for emergency financial assistance is made possible through generous contributions to the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign.

In order to apply for emergency financial assistance, please fill out this form and a JFS staff member will be in touch with your shortly.

To learn more about JFS emergency financial assistance, other financial support or scholarships, please reach out to us at or (512) 250-1043.


We’re here to help.

Jewish Family Service accepts the following insurance coverage for counseling services: Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Humana, Aetna, United Healthcare and Magellan.

JFS provides a sliding fee scale for people whose coverage we aren’t able to accept or for those who may not have current coverage.

For more information about our sliding scale, please contact us at or (512) 250-1043.

Rachel VanScoyoc

Rachel VanScoyoc

JFS Office Manager

O (512) 250-1043