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Aid for Friends is now known as Caring for Friends

Our programs

Caring for Friends™, formerly known as Aid for Friends, offers a number of programs that support our mission. Whether you’re interested in cooking for or interacting with a client friend or sorting and packing food, we have a meaningful way for you to give back to the community.

Senior Meals—At the core of what we do, volunteers make weekly home visits to deliver meals and visit with seniors, disabled, and other isolated homebound client friends.

Food Bank—Caring for Friends regularly receives thousands of pounds of food from our partners, some is used to cook for our client friends. The shelf stable, fresh food and even ready-to-heat meals are shared with food pantries, shelters, places of worship and other organizations that feed the hungry. We make sure nothing goes to waste, while staying true to our mission.

Caring Kitchen—Individual meals for seniors and congregate meals for community pantry partners are prepared by individual or group volunteers in our professional kitchen in NE Philadelphia. Learn more about visiting and cooking.


Meet our people

When Cheryl (standing next to client friend Margaret) retired after 22 years as the Director of Cafeteria Services at St. Joseph Manor, she put her knowledge about the importance of nutritious meals for the elderly to use as a Caring for Friends volunteer visitor.

Read her story
Our Support Staff