Our Board Chair, Andy Kirschner makes the case for why talking about our food justice work is particularly important during Passover in his blog piece originally written for Oy!Chicago a Project of the Jewish United Fund. Below is an excerpt and a link to read the full blog post.
“Most Passover Seders begin with the invitation to ‘let all who are hungry come and eat.’ It is for this reason that when Jews rid their pantries of that sweet, delicious bread they crave most during the holidays, they should turn their attention to those who struggle to find enough bread to sustain themselves day to day.
And believe it or not, many of those who struggle are college students. According to a recent report from the Hope Center at Temple University, 40 percent of students at four-year colleges are experiencing some form of food insecurity. At community colleges, that number is 50 percent. It hardly seems possible that universities, especially top-tier schools where plenty of middle- and upper middle- class families send their children, would see large numbers of students worrying about where their next meal might come from. However, with 3 million college students facing hunger in America, the challenges of campus hunger can be found almost everywhere.”
Photo Caption: (Right side of image): Children at a Challah for Hunger fundraising event try braiding challah. (From left) Henry Arnold of Oak Park, the author’s son John and daughter Ellie.