Carole Landis Foundation Fights Food Insecurity with Support of Unique Food Pantry

For the fourth year in a row, the Carole Landis Foundation is supporting the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Mitzvah* Food Program (MFP).

MFP provides healthy and nutritious food-fresh/frozen produce and staples to more than 8,600 people each year. It serves food insecure and malnourished individuals at five food pantry locations in the Greater Philadelphia area: Center City, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Elkins Park, Lower Merion (Montgomery Counties).

MFP welcomes all people who are experiencing hunger, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender identity or age.

Called "among the vanguard of hunger-relief programs" by the Associated Press, MFP uses uniquely designed computer software which empowers clients to choose the food they want with an online ordering system and touch screen technology. Providing choice is one of the many ways MFP preserves dignity for clients. Recipients have the ability to order from home or from the pantry itself using mobile tablets. The volunteers at the pantries help recipients manage the computer system and guide them to their choice of healthy foods, and help them manage restricted diets.

In the last year, MFP provided 903,782 pounds of food to the recipients with the help of 50 volunteers each month, who stock shelves, pack custom orders and deliver food to those who are homebound. To learn more about the program, click here.

*The Hebrew word, Mitzvah, means a commandment of Jewish law, referring to a moral deed performed within a religious duty expressing an act of human kindness.

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