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Learn more about how you or your community-based organization can bring food and friendship to your neighbors.

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The Caring for Friends team is comprised of experienced members driven by our mission to provide food and friendship to those in need.

Meet Our Team

 

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Our History

Caring for Friends was founded by one woman in her home almost 50 years ago on the premise that no one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people.

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How Can We Help?

If you do not see what you are looking for below, please fill out the general inquiries form.

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Caring for Friends is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We fulfill our mission through a homebound meals program, homeless outreach, and a food bank — thanks to the help of thousands of volunteers, donors, home cooks, and supporters.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor a Freezer

We store meals in freezers throughout the Philadelphia area. Your group can make a meaningful difference by sponsoring a freezer.

Sponsor a Vehicle

We transport food and supplies throughout the Philadelphia area. Your group can sponsor a vehicle to help facilitate getting food to those who need it.

We Are Able to Provide Thousands of
Nutritious and Delicious Meals
Thanks to Our Donors!

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“No one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people”

Rita Ungaro-Schiavone

The Power of Friendship

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Caring for Friends was founded on the premise that no one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people.

Many know the physical and mental toll that hunger has on people. But most don’t know that loneliness can increase the chance of dementia, depression and heart disease.
To fight both, we deliver food + friendship to seniors, veterans, and those with disabilities by bringing a week’s worth of meals and visiting with our clients. We also make monthly calls to check in and see how clients are doing.

In our caring kitchen, we make sandwiches, soups, and snack bags for people facing homelessness. Included is a “caring card” with an inspirational message, handed out by volunteers to those living on the streets, and in shelters.
Don’t just take our word for it. Hear our clients’ stories.

“I’m 88 and I look great, but I’m not. I have 5 or so different ailments — who has the energy to go out and fix a meal? I cry thinking about it.”

Patricia McGrath, Client Friend

Group Volunteering Opportunities

Groups can provide monetary, food, and in-kind donations, like office furniture or company-related goods and services, to support our mission. We offer on-site and remote group volunteering opportunities.

Cooking

Cooking may be done at our commercial kitchen in northeast Philadelphia or onsite at your organization. Cooking sessions at our facilities can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your group’s availability.

We also encourage non-community or corporate groups to get together to cook. We have participants who invite their neighbors and friends to gather in their homes and spend a few hours group cooking for Caring for Friends. We will provide packaging materials for the meals, as well as instructions and assistance on how to deliver the food.

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Cooking may be done at our commercial kitchen in northeast Philadelphia or onsite at your organization. Cooking sessions at our facilities can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on your group’s availability.

We also encourage non-community or corporate groups to get together to cook. We have participants who invite their neighbors and friends to gather in their homes and spend a few hours group cooking for Caring for Friends. We will provide packaging materials for the meals, as well as instructions and assistance on how to deliver the food.

Explore Options
Renee Archawski
Managing Director, Development

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Renee Archawski brings 25 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience to her role as Managing Director of Development. In this position, Renee oversees contributed revenue and government affairs. Prior to CFF, Renee was on staff at Teach for America for six years where she served on the national development team as a Development Coach, working with teams across the country to plan and strategize for fundraising success. In addition, Renee served on the Teach for America Metro Atlanta regional team as Managing Director of Development and also as Interim Executive Director. Renee is a proud board member of Today is a Good Day and Achieve Now. Renee graduated from Penn State with a BA in English and holds an MA in English from West Chester University. She lives in Ardmore with her family.

Stef Arck-Baynes
Managing Director, Communications & Corporate Relations
Brad Mills
Chief Operating Officer
Matt Gambino
Managing Director, Programs
Steven Schiavone
Managing Director

Headquarters

12271 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154-1288

Phone: 215-464-2224
Fax: 215-464-2507

Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday (Pick up only)
9:00 AM to Noon

Connect with Caring for Friends

If you have a general question for the Caring for Friends team, please fill out the form below.

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Locations

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Delaware County Warehouse
433 Seminole Street
Essington, PA 19029

Main Warehouse
12271 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

Main Line Office
28 S Waterloo Road # 100
Devon, PA 19333

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Caring for Friends relies on your support to help us make, purchase, pack, and deliver food.

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$20

provides five snack bags for people facing homelessness

$75

buys one week of groceries for 50 families

$150

fills the gas tank of one of our delivery vans

Contact Us

Caring for Friends, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

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Other Ways to Donate

If you would like to make an in-kind donation of something other than the items listed above, please contact us at 215-464-2224 or fill out the general inquiries form.

If you are able to make a donation to help us raise visibility, contact Stef@caringforfriends.org

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Resources!

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