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No place for Anti-Semitism or Racism

We are saddened and appalled by the events in Charlottesville. Racism and anti-Semitism have no place in our country and violence is never tolerable. We must all speak out and live our values through our actions.

Challah for Hunger has been and will continue to be a welcoming and inclusive community that unites to help those in need. We believe the joy, friendships and love that comes from baking bread, volunteering, and learning together builds communities that are stronger than hate and violence.

In addition to supporting our welcoming and inclusive communities, Challah for Hunger is also committed to our volunteers’ safety. As our students return back to school over the next couple of weeks, our staff and alumni advisors will reach out to student leaders on every campus to ensure a smooth and safe transition.

We will also continue to work with our partners across the country demonstrate our commitment to diversity and love.

This weekend, our Board of Directors and Staff will participate in the Together At the Table Initiative, and we encourage you to take a look at the great resources to start productive conversations put together by our partners at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, One Table and Repair the World.

Please reach out if you have any questions. Our door is always open.

Sincerely,
Liz Smulian, Chair of the Board of Directors
Carly Zimmerman, CEO

Jeff reflects on his board service

 

Jeff Marks, Binghamton alumnus and Senior Associate at KPMG, reflects on his experience serving on the Board of Directors.

When I stumbled upon a student group called Challah for Hunger during my first month as a freshman at Binghamton University in 2009, I never imagined I would be writing this blog post to share with you my incredible experience serving as a board member.

From the moment I first encountered Challah for Hunger, I thought it was awesome that students were baking and selling challah bread to raise funds and awareness about hunger-related issues, and I instantly wanted to be part of the team. I was involved all four years of undergrad, including senior year as a chapter co-coordinator, and was part of the sales team during graduate school. After graduating, I stayed involved as a member of the Fundraising Committee and as a Chapter Advisor. When given the opportunity to apply to be part of the Board, I eagerly said yes! Why? I knew first-hand the positive impact Challah for Hunger has on the local, campus, and Jewish communities.

Over the last two years, I have been able to cultivate and practice invaluable leadership skills with some of the most talented and motivated people I’ve encountered including the organization’s Board, CEO and staff. I engaged in our relationship-building efforts as part of our Fundraising Committee and as a Board member, monitored financial performance throughout the year as a member of our Finance Committee, and crafted the Board’s meeting minutes to document key votes and decisions to continue the organization’s positive momentum while serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee.

I leveraged my experiences as a campus chapter leader to understand and contribute to the organization’s core values, operations, and strategic direction. I am proud to have served during a pivotal time for the organization, as we continue to grow and expand our campus chapter program and the Campus Hunger Project, which aims to address the issue of food insecurity on college campuses.

Along the way, I have made lasting friendships and connections with like-minded leaders. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished as a team, and look forward to remaining involved and contributing to the continued success, growth, and positive impact of Challah for Hunger.

Thank you, Jeff, for your service!

Challah for Hunger welcomes 6 new board members

Join us in welcoming our newest board members, a diverse and talented group of individuals: Maya, our student representative from Miami, Sophie, a dedicated alumna from UNC Chapel Hill, Eileen, a volunteer who has helped us grow our Social Change Bakery and Giving Circle programs, Wendy, a parent of current superstar Jenna at Oxy and nutrition advocate, Claudine, a PR & Communications expert and Ariel, who bring hers experience with strategic planning. 

We also share our gratitude to several board members who are finishing their board terms: Kate Forester, Jeff Marks, Caryn Roth and our student representative, Jordan Friedland. Thank you for helping us #bakeadifference with your energy, leadership and passion for our work. 

Visit our Board of Directors Page to view our full board for 2017-2018.

Celebrate the #ChallahDays

Our goal is to expand our network to 100 active chapters by the end of the 2016-2017 school year and you can help make this possible!