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CfH featured in JWeekly cover story

Buy a challah and feed the hungry
By Dan Pine, JWeekly staff

jcoverMarch20Stanford University senior Rachel Waltman has her hands full these days, finishing up her studies before graduating in June. But every Thursday she takes a break from studying and gets her hands full of sticky, yeasty bread dough. 

If it’s Thursday, it’s Challah for Hunger day at Stanford. That’s when Waltman and dozens of other volunteers crowd into the Hillel at Stanford kitchen for an evening of kneading, braiding and baking to make the world a better place.

Read the full article at JWeekly.com 

Groovy UV Challah for Hunger Making Groovy Grilled Cheese

By Betsy Besser, Chapter Founder and President at Vermont

Since founding Challah for Hunger at the University of Vermont, I been constantly inspired by our university’s FeelGood chapter. FeelGood is a global community of dedicated individuals dedicated to ending extreme hunger around the world. Every Monday evening, they host a general meeting with activities and updates on the non-profit organization they support known as The Hunger Project. Over the past few years, I have watched my dear friend grow from a determined member of FeelGood to recently becoming the president. Her leadership skills and honest feedback has inspired me to make UVM’s Challah for Hunger chapter the best it can possibly be. I am so fortunate to have her as a friend but also a person to collaborate with in terms of building a bond between Challah for Hunger and FeelGood.

In our minds, it was obvious. The perfect unique grilled cheese sandwich is made with freshly baked challah. Emma and I made a plan for Challah for Hunger to bake challah for Feel Good every week. Therefore, every Wednesday evening, Challah for Hunger bakes challah for FeelGood so they can use them for their grilled cheeses. In return, FeelGood will donate money to Challah for Hunger to benefit our two non-profits, MAZON and Hunger Free Vermont. However, this donation is not what has been driving our chapter to continue building a relationship with FeelGood. We love working with a club who has the same goal as us: to end hunger in our local and global communities. Our chapter has been blessed to be working with the successful, hardworking, and determined members of UVM FeelGood. And we hope to inspire other colleges and universities to create a similar relationship.

Recipe of the Month: Virginia’s PB & J Challah

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Step 1:

Use your challah recipe to make plain challah dough.

Step 2:

For each strand of challah:

  • Roll out a strand of dough.
  • Flatten the strand.
  • Spread a layer of peanut butter on the strand. Be sure to spread the peanut butter in the middle of the strand leaving untouched dough on both sides.
  • Spread a layer of jelly on top of the peanut butter.
  • Starting at one end of the strand, fold the dough over itself to enclose the peanut butter and jelly within the strand.

Click here for a video of UVA demonstrating the strand method. 

Step 3:

Braid your challah using two or more stuffed strands of dough.

Bake and enjoy!