The Mitzvah Food Program Mainline pantry is seeking Russian speaking volunteers to assist with a growing population of Russian speaking older adults who are food insecure in the Mainline area of Philadelphia. Our clients use touchscreen tablets (think iPads) to order their groceries either in the pantry or remotely and we need some assistance to help walk new clients through the process and pack their orders. The pantry is open once a week of Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 pm but we recommend you arrive a little earlier to help set things up and get settled in. We help about 20 families a week but that number is growing, especially with clients who speak Russian.
We are located at the Jewish Family and Children Service's Brodsky building in Bala Cynwyd.
Call or email Phil Holtje at 215-832-0815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Mitzvah Food Program, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, US
The mission of the Mitzvah Food Program is to provide food and basic staples in a caring and dignified manner community members who are in need, and to educate and advocate on their behalf. Our five pantries distribute nutritious food to all who are in need, regardless of race, income, gender, age or religion.
The Mitzvah Food Program was piloted in 1996 to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among at-risk families in the Greater Philadelphia region. With broad-based support from the region’s Jewish community and hunger relief agencies, the Mitzvah Food Program, which initially distributed food through a single community site, has expanded its geographic reach throughout Philadelphia and into the region’s lower-income suburban neighborhoods.
The Mitzvah Food Program benefits from both the support of an advisory committee made up of active community members, local nutritionists, and site leaders and a team of dedicated volunteers that keep our pantries and deliveries running smoothly. We also work with local and state hunger relief organizations, synagogues, and community organizations to acquire low-cost food staples and with volunteer groups throughout the region to organize food drives.
During 2018-2019, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Mitzvah Food Program distributed 841,206 pounds of food to 7,846 clients.