Who We Are:

Food Lifeline, a project of ZSV Trust, was established in 1997 and has become the recognised source for Kosher food provision to members of the Jewish community who are in need, but are unable to access mainstream services, such as food banks, due to cultural restrictions and dietary laws. 

Food Lifeline operates across London, with a particular focus on Hackney, Haringey, Barnet; Canvey Island in Essex; Westcliffe in Kent; Salford and Prestwich in Greater Manchester and Gateshead in Tyne and Wear.

Beneficiaries are the disabled, elderly, single mums, families and children, who are struggling financially due to family crisis including unemployment, onset of sudden illness, marital problems or any other dysfunction that may arise in a family setting.



Our main support is through providing food parcels to families during the High Holy Days and Passover. For these two festivals, we provide food for over 1480 families, with an average of 6 dependents.

Throughout the year we provide daily food parcels to 65 families who are faced with a sudden crisis. Additionally we provide medical assistance, clothing grants, emergency funds and therapy for children who have been through trauma.

Food Lifeline is one of a kind with its practical and direct assistance. Our dedicated team of 50 volunteers deliver food directly to our recipients. All volunteers have DBS checks, and are trained in Health & Safety, Confidentiality and other related codes of conduct. Our Organisation is cost effective and relies on volunteers for the majority of its work.

Over the Years

Food Lifeline has responded to the elevated level of need. Overall we aim to relieve families of their struggles by taking care of their urgent needs.

Lady Amelie Jakobowits ע'ה was involved with Food Lifeline for over 20 years. Her unconditional care and love for those in need is our inspiration and this project is dedicated to her memory.


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the untimely passing of Mr Zvi Friedman ז'ל, one of the founders of the ZSV Trust.  His passion and care for those in need was over and above the norm. We are committed to follow in his footsteps, to continue to help those who turn to us in their hour of need. 

Our Mission

Our Mission:

  • Food Lifeline aims to alleviate poverty within the Jewish Community.
  • We are a resource for help in times of need.
  • We respond to calls for help within 24 hours
  • We are Building a better community by fighting hunger today.