At least one million people in the Philadelphia area and its suburbs experience hunger (2015 statistic). Over 11,000 Jewish households living in one region of Philadelphia alone, many housing elderly, are living below the poverty line. They often are forced to make choices daily, to spend funds on either medication or food, never having enough for both.
One third of households that access emergency food have one or more adults who are working.
Seniors are living longer and outliving their income. In fact, 15.5% of America's seniors face the threat of food insecurity. Personal illness, family financial trouble, or losing a spouse adds to the problem.
One Sunday each month, the Philadelphia's Jewish Relief Agency brings together hundreds of volunteers to pack and deliver boxes of fresh produce and nonperishable pantry items to households in the five-county Philadelphia area. The primary objective is to identify and serve all Jewish people in the Philadelphia area who are at risk for hunger.
In addition, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Mitzvah Food Project provides nutritious congregate meals in senior centers as well as home-based meals delivered to frail, low income families. They also distribute supermarket gift cards.
It is our responsibility to see that our neighbors of all faiths have access to sufficient and nutritious food in a dignified manner. This Foundation also supports neighborhood food banks, such as The Narberth Community Food Bank and Philabundance with financial support and donations of purchased pantry items.