Statement on DeSean Jackson: The anti-Semitic comments displayed by DeSean Jackson on his instagram are deeply offensive and disturbing. These words have been used for centuries to support the vilification and extermination of Jews. As a representative of our city, we call on DeSean Jackson to stop spreading hate and bigotry and to become better educated about anti-Semitism.

Mitzvah Food Project client
Our five pantries distribute nutritious food to all who are in need, regardless of race, income, gender, age or religion. We serve over 7,800 individuals per year.

Visitors choose the foods they like from the inventory, rather than receiving a one-size-fits-all package. The pantries are stocked thanks to donations from generous community members, the Jewish Federation, the Pennsylvania State Food Purchase Program, grants, Philabundance, and other sources.

Why It Matters

Over 11,000 Jewish households in our region face food insecurity. About 1 in 7 Jewish households have an annual income below $25,000, and 28% of all Jewish households report they either cannot pay for basic expenses or are just managing to meet basic needs.

National Institutes of Health Study

The University of Pennsylvania, fueled by a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, is doing a research study that will examine how food pantry clients are influenced by on-screen interventions, or “nudges.” The Mitzvah Food Program is participating in that study.

Donate to the Food Pantries

You can support the Mitzvah Food Program’s work by dropping off non-perishable kosher food, toiletries and cleaning supplies at any of the food pantries (see below for locations). Or simply give a gift from your heart so that we can keep the food pantries supplied.

For donation drop-offs at any of our pantry locations, please contact us in advance at or 215.832.0509.


It doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact. The people we serve enjoy meeting with and talking to our volunteers. Any help you can provide would be a great service to individuals and families in need. Fill out the volunteer form today.

High Holiday Food Drive

During the High Holiday season, the Jewish Federation brings together dozens of local organizations to collect 60,000 pounds of food for Mitzvah Food Program clients.