It’s time to prepare for a Super Food Drive and a Super Baggie Challenge to go with it.
As the 2018 Community-Wide Food Drive officially begins with announcements from congregations at Rosh Hashanah, JFS is asking partners to participate in a Super Baggie Challenge to raise 10 percent more in donations than last year. Partnering organizations will receive a letter with their amount from last year and their 2018 goal.
More than 30 organizations support food security in our community every year with donations to the Polack Food Bank. One of those organizations is Temple Beth Am with its youth led efforts. The Beth Am Temple Youth (BATY) hand out and collect the JFS bags for donations. Talia Glick is the BATY Social Action Vice President this year and assisted with TBA’s efforts last year.
“The Food Drive gives people in the Beth Am community a chance to get involved,” she said. “Not everyone has a chance to volunteer and be active throughout the community, so we bring it to them. We provide the donation bags, and all they have to do is come to services like they would anyway. It gives people an opportunity to help out and make a difference in a way that is accessible to them.”
The Food Drive helps bring congregational communities like the Beth Am together around one cause, according to David Lizzo, Director of Youth Engagement.
But, the positives don’t end with just bringing together congregations. “There are a lot of benefits for everyone with the Food Drive,” David said. “We want to be an active presence helping in the community. Partnering with JFS and having such an impact with the Food Drive brings us together to help the larger community.”
Talia echoed the same sense of community rallying around shared values.
“Within the Jewish community, we are not just doing community service because it’s the right thing to do. We are doing it, as Jews, because it upholds our beliefs,” Talia said. “The Food Drive is representative of all of those types of intersections.”
It is those intersections and partnerships, across the community, that make a Super Food Drive.
Encourage people to help your congregation meet the Super Baggie Challenge by letting them know that two bags of donations can mean an additional 10 meals for a family.
Thank you to our 2017 partnering organization.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to become a 2018 partner.
Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue
Congregation Bet Chaverim
Congregation Beth Shalom
Congregation Eitz Or
Congregation Ezra Bessaroth
Congregation Kol Ami
Congregation Tikvah Chadashah
Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation
Hillel International – Seattle WorksProgress Location
The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle
Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Kadima Reconstructionist Community
The Kavana Cooperative
Minyan Ohr Chadash
Seattle Hebrew Academy
Secular Jewish Circle of Puget Sound
SEED Early Childhood School at Temple Beth Am
Stroum Jewish Community Center- Mercer Island
Temple Beth Am
Temple B’nai Torah
Temple De Hirsch Sinai