Archives: student leaders

Learning from the Campus Hunger Project

Since the Campus Hunger Project launched this summer, 32 chapters and counting have pledged to participate in the Campus Hunger Project, and our student volunteers have conducted 23 interviews of campus administrators to understand if and how their campuses support those in need. Sumner Schwartz, a junior and Challah for Hunger chapter treasurer at Occidental College, has been very active in the Campus Hunger Project:

Taking part in the Campus Hunger Project has been an eye-opening experience. I have learned so much about not only a problem that both my campus community and colleges around the country face but also how to bring about serious change. It’s been really cool interviewing key administrators–like the Director of Financial Aid and the Vice President of Hospitality Services–and coming up with changes that are going to help my fellow Oxy tigers.

…Through CfH I’ve learned ways to not only combat hunger in my community but how to bring about change. I’m really thankful for the strategies they have shown me in dealing with campus administrators and how to organize my community into creating real change. I know I’ll be able to use these tools and strategies in my future endeavors. 

Click here to learn more about the Campus Hunger Project. 

Q & A with Ana Mendelson

This week we feature Ana Mendelson, a senior at the University of Virginia and former chapter president. This past year, Ana served as the Challah for Hunger representative to the MAZON Board of Directors. It’s the first time that a CfH leader has served on the board and when we asked, Ana had a lot of great insight from her year of service. Thanks so much to Ana, who will continue to serve on MAZON’s Board after she graduates, for sharing this experience.

Click here to read her full interview!

Chapter Spotlight: Binghamton University

The guest blogger this week is Mallory Hirschfeld, the events coordinator of CfH at Binghamton University. CfH at Binghamton hosted the 1st Annual “Challah for Hunger Games” this past month. The event was both fun, mission driven and engaging in campus outreach.

The goal of the “Challah for Hunger Games” event  was to bring together multiple clubs and organizations on campus for an exciting, challenging day that would raise money and awareness for a beneficial cause. Following The Hunger Games theme, all of the teams competed for the best challah flavor. Instead of donating half of our profits that week to our local organization, we decided to let the winners choose a non-profit that they are passionate about.

In the heat of the competition, the competitors, called “tributes”, had to use only the provided ingredients (chocolate chips, cereal, avocado, potato chips, icing, etc), to create an original and tasty challah that we would be able to sell.

While the event was all fun and games during the making and braiding of their creations, we wanted to instill some advocacy and our mission of baking of difference with the numerous competitors. As the challahs were baking, the “tributes” played Jeopardy. The advocacy component of the game included questions from the two organizations we donate to on a weekly basis: MAZON and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, as well as general hunger facts. The game also had other fun categories including information from The Hunger Games and about our school community.

We really enjoyed this event because we were able to bring our community together not only for fun, but in order to benefit our community at large. The winners were Team China, with a winning savory flavor of Challah-liuah (tomatoes, avocados, chips and Caribbean Jerk) – the flavor sold out! The team donated to the non-profit

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!