Chapter Spotlight: University of Pittsburgh

The guest blogger this week is Samantha Morgan, the advocacy chair of CfH at the University of Pittsburgh. Samantha organized a hunger education and challah baking event at Rodef Shalom Synagogue with Repair the World Pittsburgh, Just Harvest, and Grow Pittsburgh.

After Sunday school ended at Rodef Shalom, 50 kids sat at two long tables waiting to get their hands on some dough. First we introduced ourselves as the CfH board at the University of Pittsburgh, we spoke a bit about what we do, and we handed out dough to everybody. It was amazing to see kids learning how to braid while others were piling chocolate chips and caramel syrup onto their already braided challah. As we walked around teaching the kids and adults how to braid and add our fun toppings, we also encouraged them to talk about what challah means to them. We made about 80 challot and then everyone learned more about hunger relief.

Everybody was split up into 3 groups where they learned about hunger relief through presentations prepared by Repair the World, Just Harvest, and Grow Pittsburgh. These presentations included information about food waste worldwide, hunger in Pittsburgh, and how to make a difference. After the presentations ended, we all got back together and one representative from each group shared what they had learned. It was a huge success. The kids were excited to show their parents the drawing they had done to remind themselves to always be grateful for the food on their plates. The adults were excited to run home and tell their friends about what they had learned. It was very exciting.

After the discussion we opened up the kitchen to give everybody the opportunity to buy some challah with the promise that every cent we made would be donated to 412 Food Rescue. 412 Food Rescue collects food that would otherwise be thrown away and delivers that food to organizations serving those in need. We made over $400 and donated the leftover challah through Repair the World. Overall it was a huge success and I hope it will become a yearly tradition at Rodef and possibly other synagogues in the Pittsburgh area.

Baking up the education of hunger in Pittsburgh one event at a time!