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High Holy Day Food Drive



As we learn to live with COVID, most of us do not face food insecurity.  Many in our community struggle to meet the basic needs of their families.  Those with limited incomes are faced with especially difficult choices as costs of fuel, utilities, housing, and food rise.

How can you make a difference?  Our Food Drive at the High Holy Days gives you an opportunity.  Fill a grocery bag or two with food or, better yet, with diapers!  This year the need is great among our 16 recipient agencies.  They request donations of diapers (esp. sizes 2-6) and baby wipes, cleaning supplies (paper towels, cleaning solutions), personal hygiene items and the following foods: tuna, peanut butter, rice, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, individually packaged snacks and breakfast foods, and Kosher foods.  No glass containers or expired items, please.

Cash donations are welcome as they enable agencies to provide for the urgent needs of clients.  Organizations can “stretch” your gift by purchasing food at a reduced cost from the RI Community Food Bank.  Click here to donate.

As in the (pre-pandemic) past, you will be given bags for donations at Rosh Hashanah.  You’ll be greeted on Yom Kippur by volunteers with shopping carts to be filled with your bags.  Bins will be placed in the foyer for donations from those who attend services virtually; they will be accessible whenever the synagogue is open.  Please place your donations in the appropriately labeled bin.

We hope that everyone in our community will participate in this long-standing tradition at Temple Beth-El.  In addition to being a donor, please consider volunteering for a couple of hours on Sunday, October 9 at 10 a.m. to sort and prepare donations for pick up by recipient agencies.  Your participation and generosity are greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

Lenore Piper-Bunting, Amy Gaddes, Carolyn Winter
High Holy Day Food Drive Coordinators, Social Justice Initiative


Sun, June 4 2023 15 Sivan 5783