Sun Youth would like to thank Federation CJA, and its “Tikun Olam Volunteers” program which visited various Jewish schools in Montreal on September 13th and 14th to collect non-perishable kosher food which the students brought as part of the “Feed the Truck” initiative. This was the second consecutive year of “Feed the Truck” and Sun Youth is proud to have such a vital partner in Federation CJA. With over 18000 Jewish people living below the poverty line in Montreal, the children who took part understands the importance of charity. The youngsters involved collected over 20 000 non-perishable kosher food items this year.
Later on in the evening of September 14, the unpacking and repacking of all the food collected was done with the help of children and parents of the community who volunteered their time, which made everything run very smoothly. Pizza and soft drinks were served during the evening, giving the children all the energy they would need to complete the task at hand. Participating schools included Akiva School, Beth Rivkah Academy, Bialik High School, Hebrew Academy, Hebrew Foundation School, Les écoles Azrieli Schools Talmud Torah Herzliah, JPPS, École Maïmonide, Solomon Schechter Academy, and Académie Yéchiva Yavné.
The collected food will be redistributed to disadvantaged members of the community through various charities including Sun Youth. Over eight thousand pounds of food was collected for Sun Youth’s food assistance program which will go to feed hundreds of families over the coming month. Every year, the food assistance program provides food to about 2300 low income families. Moreover, the organization has a collective kitchen to encourage food autonomy and security of its clientele. People can sign up to the collective kitchen by calling at 514 842-6822. The registrations for our annual distribution of Christmas and Chanukah baskets have already started. It is possible to do so in person at our headquarters located on 4251 St. Urbain Street, H2W 1V6, Montreal. Proof of income and address and identification documents for all family members are required to make a registration.
Sun Youth is very grateful to all donors who contribute to its food assistance programs and particularly Federation CJA for “feeding the truck”. A special thank you to the students of different schools and their parents for this generous gesture!