Jewish Federation of Cleveland staff team volunteers for the Community Kitchen – Summer Food Service Program.

August 14, 2012 at 10:45 am | Posted in Volunteer | Leave a comment

“Hunger strikes at the core of a person’s dignity.” This statement, mentioned in an introductory video at the Cleveland Foodbank resonated with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland ICG staff team who volunteered last week at the Community Kitchen – Summer Food Service Program.Image

Helping the poor and feeding those who are hungry is an important Jewish value that has its roots in the book of Leviticus. (19:9-10)

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the corners of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.

JVN recognizes that hunger is a critical issue in our community. Since the JVN partnership with the Cleveland Foodbank began prior to the summer, approximately 200 JVN volunteers have participated in hunger related programs. Following a report about this successful JVN project at an ICG meeting, our team decided to volunteer for a 2-hour session at the Foodbank’s Community Kitchen.

Traditionally summer is a difficult time for families who normally rely on free school lunches that are provided during the school year. The Summer Food Service Program provides approximately 900 breakfasts a day, 2,500 lunches a day, and 60 snacks a day to children in our community. Over the course of the twelve week program the Cleveland Community Kitchen will produce 207,600 meals!

The first half of our staff members donned aprons, hair nets and gloves as they prepared a variety of meals while at the same time, other team assembled snack bags.

We encourage you to follow the example set by ICG by volunteering at the Cleveland Foodbank or the RIAS Kosher Foodbank, the kosher department of the Cleveland Foodbank.

Please contact Susan Hyman – shyman@jcfcleve.org to arrange your volunteer date!

for additional information. Shabbat Shalom!

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