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Food Drives, Turkey Deliveries, and Cooking: TBE Members Really Step Up in November

11/17/2021 08:53:08 AM


TBE members generously donated almost $17,000 during the High Holy Day Food Drive. When asked to help address food insecurity, we answered the call to reach out to those in need. We are proud that our $13,000 contribution to Second Harvest qualifies us as a bronze-level sponsor in their Share Your Holiday Campaign with NBC15, whose food distribution throughout our region makes a real difference to so many individuals and families. The Share Your Holiday Campaign provides around four months of food assistance through Second Harvest and its programs and partners.

We also used your High Holy Day Food Drive donations to distribute to other food-related organizations and partners in our social justice work. This year we plan to donate $500 to each of these partner organizations: Mount Zion Baptist Church and Catholic Multicultural Center for their food pantries, Porchlight Emergency Food Shelter for food items not covered by the program, Centro Hispano and The Road Home for grocery cards, and Thea’s Table/Food for Thought for weekend food for families of school children without housing.

The Thanksgiving food drive, when we work with the Religious School families to encourage each grade to bring in food for the Goodman Community Center holiday meal, is currently underway. Sunday morning, November 21, is the last day to bring donations to any of our three collection sites or donate online. November is also our month to support the Thoreau Elementary School Food Program, delivering boxes of food directly to families at their homes. We have the privilege of delivering turkeys (and all the fixings) on November 19. This month we are also cooking a week of dinners for Healing House and two meals for the Catholic Multicultural Center.

Finally, November calls for a shout-out to Sisterhood for another successful Food-A-Rama. This event brings our community members together in service, reinforces connections to our heritage, and raises money for numerous good causes and Temple programs.

Thank you to our caring community, to all who cooked and all who gave.

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