High Holy Day Fresh Food Initiative
Since 2009, the KAM Isaiah Israel farmers, through our Social Justice Committee’s Food Justice and Sustainability Program, have grown, harvested, and donated over 20,000 pounds of fresh produce. For five months a year, from June through October, our crew delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, weekly, to seven hot meal programs located within a mile or so of the synagogue.
With our High Holy Day Fresh Food Initiative, we are able to provide fresh food to those in need for an additional five months a year - during the “lean months” - when our own urban farm is asleep for the winter. In collaboration with local growers and the farmers market at the Experimental Station, our KAM Isaiah Israel food justice crew uses the money collected during the High Holy Days to purchase organic, locally grown storage crops which they deliver once a month, from January through May, to our “in season” recipients.
Last year with your generous support, over 2,500 pounds of apples, carrots, potatoes, and onions were purchased. Our recipients were delighted with the “off season” deliveries, the local farmers were thrilled to have our support and the KAM Isaiah Israel farmers were happy to remain in touch over the winter with cooks and coordinators.
Through our White Rock Gleaning Program, on-site urban farm, Edible Bima and Martin Luther King Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend, KAM Isaiah Israel has demonstrated, in real and quantifiable ways, the potential a house of worship holds for repairing the world.
The High Holy Day Fresh Food Initiative is one more opportunity for us to continue this truly important work. Our aim this year is to double last year’s total delivery. With your generous and continued support we are confident we can meet this goal.