Hunger in Philadelphia is a real problem. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the report found that in the 2015-17 time period, 302,685 Philadelphia residents, or 18.3 percent of the population, lived in households that the federal government designates as food insecure Food security is defined as not having enough food throughout the year to live healthily. The Mitzvah Food Program, which is part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, has made it their mission to help solve this problem. Founded in 1996 the Mitzvah food program was created to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among at-risk families in Philadelphia. During 2017-2018 the Mitzvah Food Program distributed 903,782 pounds of food to 8,607 clients If you want to volunteer for their Food Program all the ask is you fill out their volunteer form. You can also contact them by emailing email@example.com or calling them at
When we volunteered for Mitzvah Food Program we were at their food pantry for a clean up and organization day. I pulled a rookie mistake and forgot to bring my camera battery! So the video below is an example of how you can help people in your own community by giving food for a couple hours. This video has a special place in my heart because it was my first attempt at documenting how anyone in Philadelphia can make an impact by helping others. However, we do have our podcast interview with Philip Holtje, an associate of Mitzvah Food Program, who enlightened us on how every individual can give either time, treasure, or talent when they make it a priority to help others.