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Deliver Thoreau Weekend Food Packages

Upcoming Sessions

1. Friday, November 5, 2021 1 Kislev 5782

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

2. Friday, November 19, 2021 15 Kislev 5782

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Thoreau Elementary School is back full time since September. Supported by Temple Beth El volunteers, the Weekend Food Program from prepandemic times will continue, with some exciting changes. Second Harvest Foodbank will assemble shelf-stable food boxes to be delivered directly to families at their homes. Each of the 60–70 families enrolled in the program will receive two dry-goods boxes (each 10 to 15 lbs.) every other Friday, which is more food than we were previously able to distribute at the school.

Temple Beth El is signed up to provide five or six volunteers for the month of November. Drivers are asked to arrive at Westminster Church, 4100 Nakoma Rd., at 8:30 am on Friday, November 5, and Friday, November 19, where you will receive the food and information on their prearranged routes. Both Vic and Sue Levy will join other TBE volunteer drivers. We expect each route to take about two hours to deliver. If families are not home, they will be able to pick their boxes up at Westminster Church the next morning.

If you can help us deliver food, please tell us what day or days you can come, using the SignupGenius link below. We are very thankful to have a group that cares about the Temple Beth El neighborhood and school to join us with this effort. We are looking forward to this “new and improved” model serving more needs than we had planned before the pandemic.

Since volunteers will represent the school and have access to family addresses, you will need to sign up for background checks, which will be performed by the Madison School District. At least two weeks prior to your volunteer date, please go to the following link: and follow instructions on the website. If it asks who you are volunteering with, choose “Food for Thought Initiative.” You can choose all “Level 1” volunteer opportunities, but if you plan on doing other activities at the school and haven’t already had a background check, fill it out as you feel is appropriate. This is a school district requirement for all volunteers for the upcoming year.

If you have any questions, please contact Vic Levy at 608-273-4527.

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