Federation's Mitzvah Food Project is streamlining and greening its 2009 High Holiday Food Drive to direct more of its resources to purchasing food for vulnerable families and older adults experiencing food insecurity.
The annual food drive -- a collaboration between the project, and area synagogues and organizations -- runs from Sept. 18 through Oct. 12, from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah.
Individual synagogues and groups will set the exact dates for the drive at their location.
All sites within each Federation Kehillah will collect one type of kosher, nonperishable food. This year, food donations will be collected in bins, rather than in plastic bags.
Food-drive organizers are encouraged to drop off donations at the SHARE warehouse, where the bulk of Mitzvah Food Project items is stored prior to distribution. Nonperishable staples are distributed at five pantry sites in the five-county area.
According to High Holiday food-drive organizers, the goal is to collect each type of nonperishable food that goes into packages.
The Mitzvah Food Project distributes packages to more than 2,000 households yearly through its pantry sites.
The different pantry sites are: Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park; the JCCs Kevy K. & Hortense M. Kaiserman Branch in Wynnewood; Congregation Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County in Bensalem; the JCCs Jacob & Esther Stiffel Senior Center in South Philadelphia; and the JCCs Raymond & Miriam Klein Branch in Northeast Philadelphia.
For exact dates and times of the food drive at a specific synagogue or organization, contact those facilities directly.
Kehillah Food-Collection Items
Center City -- Canned Fruit
Chester County -- Canned Beans
Delaware County -- Canned Tuna
Bux-Mont -- Peanut Butter
Bucks -- Canned Soup
Old York Road -- Canned Vegetables
Lower Merion -- Canned tomato sauce/marinara/pesto (for use with pasta)
All donations should be unused and properly sealed. All food must be kosher; lower-sugar and lower-salt items are needed.