— by Amy Krulik
Senator Arlen Specter will keynote this National Day of Service Event
The Jewish Relief Agency (JRA) will hold its monthly September food distribution on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 as part of the National Day of Service to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Senator Arlen Spector will give the keynote address and will be joined by area civic and political leaders. Volunteers from throughout the 5-county Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware will join together to pack and deliver food to struggling families throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.
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Over 850 volunteers of all ages and abilities are needed to help pack and deliver over 3,000 boxes of fresh produce and non-perishable pantry items. Volunteers will meet at the JRA warehouse at 10:00 AM to pack food until about 11:30 AM. Most deliveries take about 30-45 minutes to complete. The JRA warehouse is located at 10980 Dutton Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154. Refreshments, including bagels and coffee, will be provided to all volunteers. A playroom is provided for our youngest volunteers should they need a break from the excitement of the warehouse.
“The tenth anniversary of 9/11 reminds us of the importance of volunteering and how it makes a difference in the lives of our fellow neighbors,” notes JRA’s Executive Director Amy Krulik. “We are so thankful for the dedication of all our volunteers who help our recipient families and work tirelessly to end the problems of hunger and food insecurity facing far too many people in our community.”
Families, individuals, organizations, and companies interested in volunteering on Sunday, September 11th, or at any of our monthly distributions, should email [email protected] or call 610-660-0190.
Detailed directions to the warehouse can be found on the JRA website. For more information about JRA and a complete list of upcoming distribution dates, please visit www.jewishrelief.org, email [email protected], or call 610-660-0190.
JRA is a dynamic, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to help families and individuals struggling with food insecurity. Since it’s founding in 2000, JRA has been bringing volunteers together in the spirit of community and repairing the world. Through the efforts of JRA’s community of more than 12,000 volunteers, we are able to provide food relief packages to nearly 3,000 low-income families throughout the Greater Philadelphia area each month. JRA is the largest hunger relief agency serving the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community and the third largest direct service food pantry in the region. For more information about JRA, please contact Amy Krulik at 610-660-0190 or [email protected]