JRA's clients depend on volunteers to deliver food to their homes. JRA has initiated safety protocols and procedures surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and has implemented a drive-thru model called Express Pick-Up for all deliveries and a Knock, Drop and Go policy at recipient homes. If you are interested in delivering, please contact us at volunteering@jewishrelief.org. We understand that situations change, and kindly request that if you are no longer able to deliver your assigned route, that you contact us ASAP so we can reassign it to another interested volunteer.


If you have any symptoms or believe you have come into contact with COVID-19, please do not volunteer to deliver.

Protect Everyone

  • ​All volunteers and staff must wear a face mask.
  • All volunteers and staff must wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If a hand washing station is unavailable, wear gloves or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol prior to touching the JRA boxes.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6-10 feet apart.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. Do not cough into your hands. If a tissue is not available, be sure to cough only into your elbow.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 


Pick-Up Instructions

  • Delivery routes are confirmed ONLY if you received an email confirmation from a JRA staff member. If you filled out the interest form, but did not receive a confirmation email, you have been added to a list to be called upon if additional volunteers are needed. Thank you for commitment to JRA.
  • Before arriving to the JRA warehouse, please put on your required face mask. If you do not have one, we can supply you with one when you arrive.
  • When you pull into the driveway, remain in your car. Please stop at the tent to receive your delivery route paperwork and safety information.
  • After you receive your paperwork, you will be directed into a specific traffic lane where a JRA staff member will load your boxes, bags and any additional items into your car.
  • Once your car is loaded, you will follow the instructions to exit.

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented a number of measures to reduce the risk to both our recipients and our volunteers. We are continuing to monitor the spread of Coronavirus and are actively seeking the support and guidance of experts in public health, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Public Health in the City of Philadelphia. As this situation is constantly changing, we will regularly update this site with the status of our volunteer opportunities. 


Important Protocol: If you have any symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath, are feeling unwell, or if you have been exposed to someone with symptoms, please do NOT volunteer at this time. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines from the CDC website. When volunteers enter the JRA warehouse, they will be asked to wash hands, practice social distancing and participate in a short orientation. ​Children under 18 are not permitted in the warehouse without a guardian.

Safe Deliveries: JRA's "Knock, Drop and Go" Policy

  • We are enforcing no-contact drop-off for all deliveries regardless of circumstance. If a recipient asks for help with the box, please explain it is for everyone’s safety.
  • Disinfect your hands with hand sanitizer at each stop or wear gloves.
  • Place the box near the front of the door, ring the doorbell and/or KNOCK loudly. Return to your car without coming in contact with anyone. If someone is outside, ask them politely to go indoors.
  • From your car, await confirmation of box receipt.
  • If the recipient does not answer the door, please call the number listed next to their name. To block your phone number, dial *67 followed by the number.
  • Let the recipient on the phone know their box has been delivered. Please leave a message if necessary. If there is a language barrier, call the JRA warehouse, so we can follow-up with the recipient. 

Safety Protocol Regarding Pick-Up and Deliveries

Whatever It Takes

The July Food Distribution deliveries will begin starting on Wednesday, July 8th. Please find the modified pick-up schedule below. After a JRA staff member has confirmed a pick-up date and delivery route with you, you are welcome to arrive any time within the window listed. If you are interested in volunteering to deliver boxes of food and toiletry items, we recommend signing up early!

Emergency Protocol Regarding COVID-19

Information updated as of June 17 2020.

 ​​​​JEWISH RELIEF AGENCYserves over 6,000 diverse low-income individuals across Greater Philadelphia by relieving hunger, improving lives, and strengthening our community.



Wednesday, July 8thThursday, July 9thFriday, July 10thSunday, July 12th
9 AM - 2 PM9 AM - 2 PM
9 AM - 2 PM
9 AM - 2 PM


July Delivery Volunteer Opportunities