The Jewish Relief Agency now has a new place to store and sort the thousands of cans and boxes of food it hands out each month to low-income Jewish families in the Philadelphia area.
On Nov. 29, the JRA moved into a new warehouse at 10980 Dutton Road, at the corner of Comly and Dutton roads in the Northeast, reported Amy Krulik, executive director of the JRA.
At about 12,000 square feet, the warehouse is nearly double the size of its former site, which was located on Gantry Road in Philadelphia.
"We had outgrown our other space," she said simply — perhaps a product of their own success.
In addition to more room to work with during monthly food distributions, Krulik said that the new warehouse offers more public space for the hundreds of volunteers who come to help package and deliver the food boxes.
The Dutton Road warehouse features a "break" room for volunteers, as well as a children's area for tired little ones to play games and work on art projects.
Despite the move, emphasized Krulik, "the operation will not change. We're still in the business of helping people who don't have enough to eat."
JRA currently assists about 2,300 people, many of whom are seniors and a number of whom emigrated from the Soviet Union, by providing them with items like gefilte fish, canned tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, rice, cereal and juice.
Krulik added that special holiday distributions also occur during the year, like a recent one for Chanukah.
The first monthly food distribution at the new location will take place on Sunday, Dec. 16. Also on that day, mezuzahs will be hung on the doorposts of the warehouse, officially dedicating the space.
"The new warehouse represents the beginning of an exciting chapter for the JRA," said Krulik. "I'm looking forward to Sunday."