In January, a new social action initiative called Food for Thought will be launching. You might be surprised, as I was, to find out how quickly suburban poverty is growing, even in the South Hills. We are calling our new initiative Food for Thought because our goal is to raise awareness and combat food insecurity here in our community. I am excited to work with other Beth El members to make an impact in the South Hills!
Watch for updates here on the Beth El website and on social media. There are so many ways that Beth El members (and your non-member friends) can be involved.
We will need chairs for the many events that we will be having. Here are just some of the ideas and programs we’re working on:
- Community Garden: maintain a garden and harvest fresh produce for donation
- SNAP (food stamps) Simulation Challenge: live on the equivalent of food stamps for a week to illuminate issues of poverty
- Food Recovery from area restaurants: recover unused food from local restaurants and deliver to shelters and food pantries
- Empty Bowls soup and bread event: a fundraiser serving a simple meal of soup and bread to raise awareness of hunger