By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local charity that packs and delivers food to the needy marked a milestone Sunday.

The Jewish Relief Agency‘s warehouse in Northeast Philadelphia was buzzing with volunteers filling boxes with food. Executive Director Amy Krulik says it marks a first in the JRA’s 15-year history.

(credit: Molly Daly/KYW)

(credit: Molly Daly/KYW)

“We are packing and delivering to 3,169 households throughout the five-county Philadelphia area. This is a real record-setter for us, and since it’s in advance of both Thanksgiving and Chanukah, it’s especially meaningful to our recipient families,” Krulik said.

It is also special to the volunteers, like Gabriela Rovi, one of a dozen Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority sisters who make it a monthly event.

“It feels really great, especially when you deliver the boxes, and you see the smiling faces of the elderly citizens — sometimes they don’t get to see people all the time — just going every month, helping them out — it’s really nice. Sometimes they give you cookies, too!”