Phillies baseball fans set to attend the Aug. 18 Jewish Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Park were expected to be among the first community members to participate in the 2011 Mitzvah Food Project High Holiday food drive. Cans of food were being collected in designated drums beside each of two Federation kiosks during the Phillies game, helping to score a victory for area individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.
"The High Holiday Food Drive is the Mitzvah Food Project's largest food drive of the year," said Project Manager Drisana Davis. She stated that "last year with the help of local synagogues and organizations, the Food Project collected more than 41,000 pounds of food, which supplemented food orders for approximately four months at the Food Project's five food pantry sites."
Area synagogues and other Jewish community organizations are collecting specific foods from a list of items that include: cans of beans and other vegetables, canned fruit, soups, peanut butter and cans of tuna, salmon and sardines. Kosher, gluten-free, low-salt and low-sugar items are particularly needed.
As support from the State Food Purchase Program has been reduced this year, Mitzvah Food Project staff and volunteers are counting upon the success of this annual food drive.
To find a participating synagogue in your neighborhood, call Deirdre Mulligan at 215-832-0509 or email: [email protected]
Mitzvah Food Project Needs Volunteers
The Mitzvah Food Project provides food and basic staples in a caring and dignified manner to those in our community who are in need. It also educates and advocates on their behalf. Through its network of five food pantries in the Greater Philadelphia area, the project, known as MFP, distributed more than $100,000 worth of food last year.
During the High Holidays and throughout the year, volunteers are needed to sort, distribute and deliver food packages. The following is a list of sites where volunteers are needed:
Beth Sholom Congregation, 8231 Old York Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027:
Substitute Drivers — Volunteers needed to deliver food packages on or around the first and third Thursday of every month (times and days flexible). Routes typically take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood, PA 19096:
Substitute Drivers — Volunteers needed to deliver food packages on or around the second and fourth Wednesday of every month (times and days flexible). Routes typically take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19116:
Pantry Assistants — Volunteers needed to pack food packages, take inventory, organize pantry (ability to lift up to 50 lbs.), help with food deliveries.
Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103:
Office Volunteers — Assist with recipient phone calls, data entry, volunteer calls and other office work.
Delivery Drivers — Volunteers needed to deliver food packages to seniors in South Philadelphia once a month. Time and date is flexible; however, a car is required. Routes typically take between 30 minutes and 1 hour.
Congregation Tifereth Israel, 2909 Bristol Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020:
Delivery Drivers — One regular volunteer driver and two to three substitutes needed to deliver 10 food packages to Galilee Pavilion. The time and day can be adjusted to your schedule.
Do a mitzvah. Become a Food Project volunteer. To help, call 215-832-0831 or email: [email protected]