Pantry Packers Plant
Tikkun Olam Tourism®

Pantry Packers® introduces a bold new concept called Tikkun Olam Tourism® – an exciting 90 minute hands-on opportunity for overseas tourists to pack commodity food staples for Israel’s poorest families. This new venture in tourist volunteerism in Jerusalem offers visiting groups, bar and bat-mitzvah parties, family groups, youth groups etc. the opportunity to make their contribution to Israeli society in a meaningful way.

At the Pantry Packers® production facility in Jerusalem, tourists aged 8-80 are given a brief orientation session that includes watching a short video, before donning gloves, aprons and caps in order to fill bags of rice, beans and other commodities. These bags, which bear a sticker with the name of the packing group, are later included in large food baskets destined for needy families throughout the country. All the recipient families have been identified by government agencies as needy.

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Transportation

Where is the Pantry Packers volunteer center located?

We are off Derech Moshe Baram in Talpiot, Jerusalem

How do we get to the volunteer center?

If you are coming from the center of town take Derech Chevron South. Make a right on HaUman St. At the second light the street will change into Derech Moshe Baram. 150 meters AFTER the intersection make a left and follow the road to the left where you will see a sign for Pantry Packers.

Using ‘Waze’ or ‘Google Maps’ search (in English) for “Pantry Packers”.

It will take you straight to the warehouse.

Is there parking?

Ample parking is available right in front of our center.

What do I tell the taxi driver?

We are adjacent to Yeshivat Itri (next to the kitchen). You will see a big Pantry Packers welcome sign at the entrance.
Make sure he brings you to the warehouse. There is a welcome sign on top of the door.

What public bus line comes nearby?

We are around the corner from the Egged Parking Lot. A 4 minute walk.
The name of the stop is מסוף אגד/ברעם 3294
The following bus lines stop there: 10, 13, 15, 22, 34, 49, 101, 103, 105, 124, 125

What is the distance from the center of town?

14 minute drive depending on traffic.

Volunteer FAQ's

What are the hours of operation?

We are open Sunday – Thursday.
We have four volunteering slots daily.
9:00 – 10:30
11:00 – 12:30
13:00 – 14:30
15:30 – 17:00

We don’t work during Chol Hamoed or Erev Chag.

Can I celebrate my birthday at Pantry Packers?

We would love to host your birthday party. Please note that we need at least two adults for every six children under the age of 14. We can accommodate a maximum of 30 children. We request a donation of 1000 shekels.

It’s not just for children.
We have celebrated 30th, 40th and even 80th birthdays!
Make it extra special with a virtual food drive.

Can we bring food with us?

We do not allow any outside food on the premises.

What languages is the program in?

At this time we are only operating in English. We do have plans to expand to Russian, Spanish, and French. If you would like to sponsor the cost please contact our office.
We are also looking for volunteers to help direct volunteers in these languages. Please contact our office for more information.

Is there a dress code?

Closed-toe shoes, long pants or dress, blouse/shirt (t-shirts are acceptable). In the winter bring a sweater.

How far in advance must a reservation be made?

Depending on the season the slots fill up fast. If you want a specific time the earlier the better. If you are flexible, two weeks in advance is plenty of time.

Is there wheelchair access?

Yes

Are there restrooms?

Yes

Is there a fee?

No, however donations are always welcome.

Can I bring my toddlers?

All children are welcome. However we need at least five participants over the age of 6 per group. We have a coloring corner where the younger ones can play while the rest are working.