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The High Holiday Food Drive is the Mitzvah Food Program's - and the Greater Philadelphia Jewish community's - largest food drive of the year! We need your help collecting nutritious and Kosher non-perishable proteins (e.g., nut butters, canned fish, canned beans, etc.) for those in our community who are in need.

WHERE: The food drive is held at your synagogue or community organization. Once your drive is over, you can deliver the donations to one of our pantry sites or the SHARE warehouse, or meet the SHARE truck at your scheduled pickup time (deadlines and details below). If you wish to collect items for a pantry closer to your synagogue, we will help support you. Contact us at

WHEN: You set the dates for your food drive and delivery or pick up. See the links below or visit our FAQ’s for more information.

WHY: Your food donations support households in need of nutritious food for months at our five pantry sites! With your help last year, we collected over 50,000 pounds of food, which supplemented our food orders for four months.

HOW: Complete the required registration form and other forms online by the due dates below; once we have your registration form, we will e-mail you a customized collection flyer to post and/or hand out.


Forms are typically due over the summer months.

The following form is typically due prior to Thanksgiving.

This year we will be collecting ONLY CANNED KOSHER PROTEIN ITEMS

Canned Beans: Kosher required; lower-salt preferred (legumes, chickpeas, etc.)

Nut Butters: Kosher required; lower-salt preferred (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)

Canned Fish: Kosher required; (salmon, canned tuna, sardines, etc.)

All food collected must meet the following criteria

Be Kosher

Have a future expiration date (is not expired)

Be properly sealed

NO bulk sizes (large items cannot be packaged easily and are not appropriate for our older adult recipients)

NO glass items

Food Collection Containers

Are available to borrow from the SHARE Warehouse if you anticipate a medium to large collection this year

Are basic, undecorated collection containers that can be decorated by volunteers/children at your site. MFP staff will provide self-adhesive labels.

Can be picked up at the SHARE Warehouse or delivered to you on a limited basis

Cannot be exchanged if you are unhappy with the appearance or condition

(If containers are not in acceptable condition upon initial receipt, please decorate them or store them until your scheduled pick-up/return date. DO NOT throw them away! Sorry, no early pick-ups or exchanges are available.) Reach out to us at with any questions or concerns.

Must be returned in the same condition as when received or you will be billed by the SHARE Warehouse

When possible, we encourage synagogues to either make their own collection boxes or to pick up their borrowed containers at SHARE.

Food Donation Pick-ups

Will be scheduled for the first 20 synagogues and organizations that complete the forms and anticipate a large collection – a large collection means more than a trunk/car-load full

Are made by the SHARE Warehouse, our primary partner for this food drive; SHARE has only one driver and one truck available for pick-ups

Cannot be re-scheduled once they are set

Require that two volunteers from your synagogue or organization assist in loading food donations into the truck on the day of the pick-up

Must include the use of our Reporting Form to take an approximate inventory of your collection before delivery/pick-up!

When possible, we encourage synagogues to perform an extra mitzvah and deliver their collection to one of our pantry sites or the the SHARE Warehouse.