Archives: Partnership

Breaking Bread to Make a Difference

By Marissa Stern, Jewish Exponent

“While we were looking to explore how we could expand Challah for Hunger beyond the college campus,” said Loren Shatten, Challah for Hunger program director, “it became clear JFCS was a perfect partner. They reflect every aspect of what Challah for Hunger is hoping to do. We are impressed with their commitment to regularly coming together to bake challah and their thoughtful conversations about hunger in Philadelphia.”

Click here to read the full article about our partnership with Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Philadelphia. 


Yesterday, CfH and Jewish Children Family Services (JFCS) staff members and volunteers baked together as part of our beyond the college campus initiative. While the loaves were baking in the oven, our Repair the World fellow, Sarah led an engaging conversation and activity with the volunteers focusing on “where does food come from and how do we get it?” The volunteers drew pictures and wrote down the different processes. After the activity, we re-entered the kitchen, the smells of cinnamon raisin, chocolate chip and garlic rosemary filled the air – the loaves were then packed, labeled, and delivered to JFCS where the volunteers sell them to the other staff members.

Are you interested in volunteering or learning more about this initiative? Contact Loren at [email protected]

COOK Philadelphia

On Sunday January 10, we made our debut at COOK: Philadelphia’s Premier Demonstration Kitchen. Our CEO, Carly taught the group how to make three flavors: Cinnamon Sugar Raisin, Fig, Rosemary & Sea Salt, and Garlic Sriracha. She also told stories about our incredible chapters and shared tips on how to make the perfect challah!

Many of the participants had never baked challah before and they left with a new skill set. The demonstration was informative, engaging and absolutely delicious!

Click here to see pictures from the demonstration.

Future Challah Leaders

Earlier this month, two of our leaders, Elana and Talia went to the BBYO International Leadership Conference (ILTC). At the conference they taught student leaders about service learning using Challah for Hunger as an example. Students worked together to create pitches and learn about advocacy with a “meal mapping” activity from our partner org MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. After learning, students took turns pitching ideas and events to each other as the event came in full circle – teaching to learning to teaching. We’re excited for these students to become future CfH leaders!

Your Organization’s Best New Asset: A Giving Circle

by Joelle Asaro Berman, as published in eJewishPhilanthropy April 28, 2015

Giving circles can be your organization’s best new asset. They are a highly malleable, customizable tool for creating a culture of giving in your organization. They can also help you achieve many of your organization’s goals in a meaningful way that will leave your members feeling transformed and deeply committed to your mission.

Click here to read Joelle’s article in eJewishPhilanthropy. 

Challah for Hunger is proud to partner with Amplifier Jewish Giving Circle Movement. Last year, our Alumni Giving Circle granted two $10,000 grants to support organizations fighting hunger in local communities.

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.