Every fall, WSCAH (West Side Campaign Against Hunger) celebrates its accomplishments with an annual Harvest Dinner. We are so pleased that this year they have asked our own Rabbi Levine to be their Main Event guest speaker. Although the event is virtual, we will be able to join him and hear his message for the urgency to act on a need that he has championed throughout his years at CRS.
Rabbi Levine urges us to heed Isaiah’s prophetic call to feed the hungry. Having made it a priority for the CRS Food Drive to be among the major funders for this important neighborhood resource, at its 2011 Harvest Dinner, WSCAH honored CRS with its Social Justice Award “… for continuing support from one of the founding houses of worship that have nurtured the WSCAH since 1979.” Upon speaking at this year’s event, Rabbi Levine states:
“I am so pleased to represent Rodeph Sholom at WSCAH’s annual event. For 40 years, WSCAH has sought to meet a crucial need while treating its clients with great respect. Our Food Drive is close to 40 years old, too, and we have embraced WSCAH as our partner in feeding the hungry. During COVID, the need is unprecedented: many neighbors are new to food assistance. Let us do all we can to live our Jewish values and help our partner put food on its customers’ table while protecting their dignity.”
Working out of the basement of St. Paul and St. Andrew’s Church on West 86th Street, WSCAH is one of the city’s largest emergency food providers. In fact, they created the first customer-choice supermarket-style pantry in the country! Offering customers fresh produce, protein, and dairy, they are operating even now on Tuesdays through Fridays. As many emergency food programs have closed due to the COVID crisis, their work has never been more necessary.
Rabbi Levine’s exhortation to provide help to those who need it is indeed the experiential challenge we all face. Yet, helping our neighbors is the profound act we need never fail to do.
Admission to WSCAH’s Main Event at 8:00 PM is free.
Donations are welcome.
To make a contribution to our CRS Food Drive, please click here.