Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have modified our monthly Food Distribution program and schedule. Please refer to the Volunteer page for information regarding volunteering. Volunteers who are interested in delivering to recipients should read the safety information and choose a delivery route through our online RSVP form. All interested volunteers MUST receive confirmation from a JRA staff member either via email or phone prior to arriving at the warehouse.
There are have three main delivery route types that volunteers may encounter: house-to-house, garden-style apartment complexes, and apartment buildings.
If a volunteer is delivering house-to-house, they will receive a delivery route with addresses for individual homes, townhomes, or even one apartment inside a building. Volunteers should leave the JRA boxes at each house, making sure that boxes are placed so that recipients are able to open their door.
A garden-style apartment complex is made up of multiple buildings that have their own entrances to get into each building. If a volunteer is delivering to a garden-style apartment complex, they should go inside each building and leave the JRA boxes outside of each individual client’s apartment unit in the building. This is crucial as many of our seniors cannot easily climb stars or carry the food boxes down hallways. When delivering to a garden-style apartment complex, volunteers will receive a pack of labels to help ensure that the correct client is receiving their items. If JRA is aware of a door code, it will be listed on the delivery route packet. If not, please call the client to ask you to let you in. If there is a language barrier, please call JRA to assist you.
If a volunteer is delivering to an apartment building, it will be a single stop as all of the units are located in a single building. Volunteers should go into the building and leave the items outside each individual client’s apartment unit, unless there is a note in the delivery route packet that says otherwise.This is crucial as many of our seniors cannot easily climb stars or carry the food boxes down hallways. When delivering to an apartment building, volunteers will receive a pack of labels to ensure that the correct client is receiving their items. Volunteers who choose to deliver at apartment buildings should follow our Knock, Drop, and Go protocol at individual units within the buildings. In tight hallways, please step back 6 feet to social distance.
You can volunteer as much or as little as you like, depending on your time constraints. Depending on the route you choose, delivery time can differ, but the average delivery time is about 1 hour.
Routes can become available at any time. Please call or text us at (610) 660 - 0190 during the posted schedule to ask about available routes. We ask that you do not come to the warehouse without confirmation from a JRA staff member.
You can pick-up your route during the times outlined on the Food Distributions page and deliver at a later time. We ask that you deliver to recipient homes while it is light outside. If you have a special circumstance and need to deliver on a date that is not outlined on our pick-up schedule, please relay that information to a JRA staff member via phone or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deliveries are made in the 5-county Greater Philadelphia area including Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Chester County. Find a full list of the specific zip codes in our delivery service area here. We will work with you to find a delivery route that best meets your needs, availability, and size of your vehicle.
Yes, some of our delivery routes contain only a few packages.
Yes, we provide a map with driving directions to enable volunteers to deliver packages throughout our delivery area.
If you are unable to come to a distribution that you have already signed up for and were planning to deliver a route, please call or text us at 610-660-0190 or email us at email@example.com.
JRA obtains food through a variety of sources. Most of the food is purchased through wholesalers and distributors, as well as our local food banks. JRA also receives periodic food donations from manufacturers and local grocery stores. JRA funds food purchases through government grants, as well as support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, foundations, businesses, and individuals.
JRA encourages anyone who is interested in running a food drive to select a single food item, such as canned tuna, and ask participants to donate only that item. JRA does not generally accept mixed food donations in small quantities, such as items collected through school and community food drives. All donated items must be certified kosher. For a list of acceptable kosher certifications and items, contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-660-0190, x102.
Yes, JRA requires that all food meet strict kosher certification guidelines. For a list of acceptable kashrut certifications, please contact Julie at 610-660-0190, ext 102 or email@example.com.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Although hunger and food insecurity are closely related, they are distinct concepts. Hunger refers to a personal, physical sensation of discomfort, while food insecurity refers to a lack of available financial resources for food at the household level. (Feeding America).
A person in need of food assistance can call our recipient phone line at 610-660-0190, x103 (for help in Russian, dial extension 107) and leave their name, address, and phone number. Someone from the agency will call the person back within 72 hours. Prospective recipients must reside in the JRA delivery area. For additional information visit the Get Help page.