Sunday, June 16, 2013

Women's Philanthropy Does a World of Good at JFS Hands Up Youth Food Pantry

Last Sunday was a red letter day of tikkun olam for Women’s Philanthropy at the JFS Hand Up Youth Food Pantry, when nearly 50 volunteers, under the auspices of the Women’s Philanthropy Social Action Committee and Lion of Judah division, spent the day at two of the service’s locations.  Along with a number of their children, the volunteers worked at the Murphy Canyon Distribution Center and the main JFS location.
 Volunteers at the JFS site sorted donations, stocked and organized the food shelves, and assembled food bags for delivery to other Hand Up distribution sites. At the Murphy Canyon Center, volunteers set up the distribution line and then opened the line to more than 135 military families.  While the parents shopped for food, several volunteers entertained the children with arts and crafts projects and sports activities. 
Shelly Hahne, Hand Up Supervisor stated, “Hand Up Youth Food Pantry utilizes more than 1,000 volunteers each year and is critical to the program operations.  The Women’s Philanthropy volunteers and the Lion of Judah division were energetic and a pleasure to work with.”
The volunteers agreed that the hard work was extremely rewarding, and that their experience was a true labor of love which was made even more meaningful because they were able to share it with so many children.
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