As part of our commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, Congregation Rodeph Sholom is proud to support City Harvest through our Yom Kippur Food Drive.
On Yom Kippur, we read from the prophet Isaiah, who tells us that the true meaning of the fast day is to feed the hungry and fight oppression. To enhance CRS’s impact towards that end this year—above and beyond our annual can drive—we have inaugurated an online method of food donation: sending food items directly to City Harvest’s warehouse.
After adding an item (or a few!) to your cart, please ensure that you select City Harvest’s warehouse as the delivery address.
About City Harvest
Every year, City Harvest rescues over 60 million pounds of food and delivers it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs—including our other food drive partners, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) and the Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy.
For over 35 years, the Rodeph Sholom Food Drive has heeded the call of Isaiah to feed the hungry in our midst, collecting canned goods and donating them to our local food pantries. In New York City, one in six New Yorkers is food insecure—i.e., does not know where their next meal will come from.
While the federal government continues to cut funding to food assistance programs, it’s up to communities like ours to help our fellow New Yorkers, many of whom have jobs but cannot cover living expenses for themselves and their families.
That’s why the Rodeph Sholom Food Drive depends on your generosity in helping to bridge that gap.
Our partner organizations who benefit are listed below.
WEST SIDE CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER
In addition to receiving three days’ worth of food each month at a supermarket-style food pantry, each client meets with a social worker to help address long-term issues hindering their ability to become self-sufficient, such as housing, language, and finances. WSCAH also offers a 14-week Chef Training program, and its newly-launched Mobile Market brings fresh food to communities across the city. Volunteers keep WSCAH running. Students, retirees, businesspeople, members of synagogues and churches, and former clients help stock shelves, assist clients, distribute clothing, etc. CRS Food Drive is among the major institutional funders for this important neighborhood resource.
HUC SOUP KITCHEN
For thirty years, the HUC Soup Kitchen has served 60–100 guests seeking warm food and hospitality at the campus on West 4th Street. This student-run project creates an intimate and comforting atmosphere by serving guests at their tables and engaging them in conversation. Entirely donation-based, the Soup Kitchen also distributes second hand clothing and hygiene supplies, and provides annual flu shots and pro-bono legal aid to guests with housing and employment challenges. CRS has been a proud supporter for over 20 years.
ST. MATTHEW AND ST. TIMOTHY’S SUNDAY MEALS PROGRAM
Every Sunday from October to June for the last 20 years, this Church around the corner on West 84th Street has provided nutritional home-cooked meals for those in need in the community. Many live in Single Room Occupancy (SRO’s) and do not have a facility set up for cooking; others run out of money towards the end of the month; and yet others are just looking for community and a hot meal. Once a month a social worker is available.
To make your contribution to the Rodeph Sholom Food Drive, please click here and select “Food Drive” from the fund/program drop-down menu.
Contributions may also be sent to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024; checks should be payable to Congregation Rodeph Sholom, with “Food Drive” in the memo, or you can call the Development Office at 646.454.3052 if you wish to set up a recurring payment for the Food Drive.