An essential part of our High Holy Day observance is our collection of food and money for the Food Bank of Lincoln. Hunger persists in Lincoln, with 22% of children in our community living in poverty. We are commanded to leave the corners of our fields for those in need. We fulfill the mitzvah by helping the Food Bank’s work to address hunger in our community.
The Food Bank of Lincoln especially appreciates cash donations, because with each dollar they can purchase six pounds of food. Each year, our High Holy Day drive nets the equivalent of around 3,000 pounds of food. We also encourage congregants to donate to Mazon, the national Jewish organization that addresses hunger.
In addition to this annual food drive for the Food Bank, we maintain a collection shelf at the Temple so that people may donate food throughout the year. These donations are given to the Emergency Pantry at Saratoga Elementary School.