Every October, our Jewish Federation’s High Holiday Food Drive collects tens of thousands of pounds worth of canned proteins for people in need. This year, we’re expecting to reach our record-breaking goal of 50,000 pounds of food — enough to supplement client orders for five months! But before the food can be delivered to our five Mitzvah Food Program pantries across Greater Philadelphia, someone needs to sort it. That’s where the Women’s Philanthropy Food Sort comes in.

For the last eight years, Women’s Philanthropy volunteers have devoted one autumn morning to gathering at the SHARE warehouse, where they toss expired or crushed food, separate out any non-Kosher items, and finally, sort each item into categories. For the participants, it’s a special opportunity to make a difference in their communities. “I love doing the Food Sort!” enthuses longtime volunteer Amy Wittenstein, a lay leader on the Mitzvah Food Program’s advisory committee. “It’s fun and really hands-on. It’s the power of women coming together, for such a good cause.”

The High Holiday Food Sort is open to anyone, regardless of gender. For more information or to register for this year’s food sort — on Monday, November 4th — click here.

Looking for even more ways to make a difference with Women’s Philanthropy this fall? Check out their Mitzvah Menu