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Volunteer with Backpack Buddies

Fri, Dec 2, 2022 • 9:00 AM

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Children from families who live at or near the Federal Poverty Level are eligible for free breakfast and free or reduced lunch on school days.

But what happens on weekends?

Depending on their families’ resources, these children may not be able to adequately feed themselves, and sometimes parents skip meals so that their children can eat. Addressing the needs of the less fortunate in our community is part of tikkun olam, our mission to repair the world. For decades our congregation has collected funds through our Food Drive, and donated tons of food through City Harvest.

But childhood hunger is especially troubling. How can a child focus on schoolwork when they are hungry? How can a starving child fight the illnesses that run rampant in schools and housing
projects? How can they succeed?

A growing number of privately sponsored programs have stepped up by providing weekend meals to children in need. We at Rodeph Sholom, through the Social Action Committee, operate the Backpack Buddies program to address these concerns.

On Fridays, we distribute backpacks full of non-perishable food to children at four locations in Manhattan: the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center, the Frederick Samuel Community Center, The Church of St. Matthew and St. Timothy, and PS 347 on the Lower East Side.

Volunteer: We need four volunteers weekly to pack backpacks with food. This activity takes about 45 minutes and occurs on Friday mornings starting at 9:00 AM. Please contact  Janet Cohen and Gayle Meyer at backpackbuddies@crsnyc.org to volunteer!


$30 to feed 1 child for 1 weekend
$120 to feed 1 child for 4 weekends
$1080 to feed 1 child each weekend during the school year

To make a contribution, please click here and select Backpack Buddies from the drop-down menu.


Fri, Dec 2, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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