An Opportunity to See Your Dollars at Work

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Federation is giving a tour of its Northeast Philadelphia campus so donors and others can see firsthand how Federation-funded services are benefiting the community.

 

Every day, thanks to the generosity of its donors, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia transforms lives. On Monday, June 1, Jewish Federation is offering donors and others interested in its work an opportunity to see first-hand how services are benefiting the Greater Philadelphia community.  
 
This mini-mission to the Jewish Federation Feinstein Campus in Northeast Philadelphia will include a visit to KleinLife (formerly the Klein JCC) to talk with staff and clients of Jewish Federation-funded programs, including Meals on Wheels, In-Home Support, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Center Program.
 
Participants will hear from clients who are helped by Jewish Federation’s signature food security program — the Choice Food Program, which provides three and a half days worth of nutritious and balanced meals every month, giving out more produce than any other pantry in the region. Clients choose their food using a touchscreen, allowing volunteers to pack their bags according to the client’s preferences and dietary requirements. 
 
The mini-mission also includes a visit to Federation Housing, Inc. — subsidized housing for low-income seniors — to meet with residents who benefit from the Jewish Federation-funded lunch program.
 
Participants will have lunch at KleinLife with the seniors who benefit from KleinLife’s socialization, educational and cultural programs, as well as its vital health, wellness and social services.
 
Mini-mission chair Renée Sackey emphasized the value of seeing Jewish Federation dollars at work, particularly in alleviating food insecurity: “It will be a day of education about hunger in the Jewish community, which is much more prevalent than we can imagine.
 
“One in four Philadelphians are food-insecure, many of whom are Jewish elderly,” she said. “Having an opportunity to visit and talk with recipients of these important services will give mission participants a deeper understanding of how our Jewish Federation dollars impact the issue of food insecurity.”
 
Brian Gralnick, director of Jewish Federation’s Center for Social Responsibility, said he is “excited to showcase some of the region’s most impactful anti-hunger programs,” underscoring “the wide array of approaches the Jewish Federation deploys to make sure our community is fed with balanced and healthy meals.
 
“When you add up all the meals produced by these programs, it’s well over 200,000 per year and a strong testament to the will of donors, volunteers and professional staff who are united in the cause of ending hunger,” he said.
 
Mini-mission vice chairs are Tami Astorino, Robin Batoff, Phyllis Finkelstein, Mindy For­tin, Barbara Lincow and Debbie Rosenberg. Cost is $36. To sign up, go to: jewishphilly.org/minimission or call Pam Pearlmutter at 215-832-0837.

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