Food insecurity is a constant struggle in our ever-changing society, and JFCS is here to assist those experiencing challenges affording and gaining access to fresh and healthy food. We focus on three key areas: access to food, freshness/safety of food, and food sovereignty – the ability to choose nutritious as well as culturally-appropriate foods. By engaging volunteers with direct service activities such as food preparation and grocery delivery, community members connect with our clients, become advocates on their behalf, and contribute to the sustainability of the program.
JFCS offers a wide range of programs to address food insecurity in our community:
Fresh produce and pantry staples are delivered weekly to homebound JFCS clients in need.
Financial Assistance & Resources
JFCS care managers assist clients in applying for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, provide referrals to local food pantries, and offer grocery gift cards for current clients in emergency situations.
Our Closet In Your Neighborhood (OCIYN)
A mobile program providing clothing, food, and services to individuals and families in need throughout Greater Philadelphia. Those who visit the OCIYN bus receive free, quality clothing through a mini pop-up shop, a supply of fresh, healthy food, and access to social services and benefits they may need.
Teaching Kitchen Programs
These programs provide JFCS clients the opportunity to build new skills, decrease social isolation, and learn to cook on a budget.
If you are a JFCS client applying for or renewing your SNAP benefits, or looking for more information on any of the above programs, please reach out to your care manager or call Care Navigation at 866.JFCS.NOW (866.532.7669.)
Lisa Ney, LCSW, Program Officer, Our Closet In Your Neighborhood & People Living with Disabilities
Courtney Owen, LCSW, Program Officer, Education and Outreach Services & Mental Health
Drew Gold, Director of Food Support
Jennifer Greenfield, Kitchen Assistant
Naadiya Muhammad, NORC Transportation & Volunteer Manager