Due to a chronic nerve disease resulting from an injury, Lawrence recently had to leave his job as a corrections officer and went on disability. He is in constant pain. On the worst days he can hardly move. Because he lives on a very limited income, takes numerous medications and attends physical therapy, Lawrence does not have enough money left for food.

This is where the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia stepped in to help. Its Digital Choice Food Program, built on a technology platform that differentiates it from traditional food pantries, opened in 2013 to address high levels of food insecurity among Jewish families and individuals in the region. The program allows clients to place orders using touch-screen computers, which enables them to choose the foods they both want and need. Last year it served nearly 2,500 individuals with more than 325,000 pounds of food.

The Digital Choice Food Program has been a blessing for Lawrence. It provides him not only with basic food staples, but also with frozen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables.