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 request that the Mitzvah Food Program pick up your collection during the week of October 12th, 2020. 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. If you request Mitzvah Food Program to pick up your donations, that will be done during the week of October 12th, 2020. 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 46,000 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.

WHAT’S DIFFERENT THIS YEAR? Due to COVID-19, the SHARE Food Program is not able to be our partner this year.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? If you have requested large collection containers in the past, this is not an option this year. Instead, you are responsible for the collection containers regardless of the amount of food that you intend to collect. If you request Mitzvah Food Program to pick up your donations, that will be done during the week of October 12th, 2020. There are several creative ways our community is choosing to participate:

  • Collecting food and delivering it to a Mitzvah Food Program pantry near you.
  • Collecting food and requesting the Mitzvah Food Program to pick it up during the week of October 12th, 2020.
  • Collecting money and donating it to the Mitzvah Food Program.
  • Collecting money and purchasing food from an online retailer and having it delivered to a Mitzvah Food Program pantry near you.


Due Date: Friday, July 10th, 2020.

The following form is 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 your responsibility.

Mitzvah Food Program staff can provide self-adhesive labels upon request.

Food Donation Pick-ups

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

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!