When Rav Huna would eat a meal, he would open his door and say, “Whoever is in need, let that person come and eat.” (Ta’anit 20b.) Donating food for the food pantry is our way of opening our doors to the hungry.
Although we collect many donations during our High Holiday Food Drive, our obligations to those in need do not end on Yom Kippur. Who will make sure there is food available for those who need it in November, and December, and beyond? We feed our homeless and hungry neighbors in need every Wednesday afternoon 5.30-7pm, all year-long.
So many are in need.
How can you help?
We are proud that our Food Pantry has remained open during the entire pandemic feeding our hungry and food insecure neighbors in need. We practice strict and safe social distancing protocols
Please help our temple community do its part so that no man, woman or child goes to bed hungry by adding these items to your shopping list each month. Items can be dropped off any time on the donation table in the sanctuary.
No glass containers, please.
Please note that TBE is not in a position to take donations of used clothing at this time.
Help distribute donated food and clothing on Wednesdays, from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm. (Guests arrive 6:00 – 6:30 or until we run out of food.) Sign up here and let us know you are coming.
While heeding the mitzvah and federal, state, and local public health officials to engage in aggressive “social distancing,” we also take seriously our responsibility to help others. In the absence of organized city alternatives, we will be continuing to run our food pantry with the following modifications. You can still help.
The people who visit Temple Beth-El’s food pantry are often homeless or live in severely dilapidated housing conditions. While we worry about being cooped up at home, they may not have a home to be cooped up in. While we worry about cooking dinner every night, they may not have a functional kitchen to cook in. And while we worry about depleting our financial reserves, they lack any financial savings or source of income.
During these difficult times, then, it is all the more essential that we keep our food pantry open as long as possible. To do so, we need your help. Here are some ways you can help serve our pantry:
(1) DONATE. We rely on personal donations of food to keep our pantry running. Please consider making a contribution.
(2) VOLUNTEER. Our pantry is open on Wednesday evenings, and we need volunteers from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Volunteers will pack bags starting at 5:30pm; the pantry opens at 6:00pm and stays open until approximately 6:30pm, at which time volunteers close the pantry and clean up.
Thank you so much for your support in keeping our food pantry running during these difficult times. And please stay safe and well.
Mike Noveck & Alain Mentha, TBE Social Action Committee Co-Chairs