The old Hebrew term “Tikun Olam” means “to repair the world” but in today’s context, it encompasses the idea of fixing what has broken down in society. On October 15th, Sun Youth had the pleasure to participate in Federation CJA’s “Feed the Truck” initiative and collect non-perishable kosher food with local Jewish students part of the “Tikun Olam Volunteers (TOV)” program.
During the afternoon, Federation CJA’s truck went to each of the participating Jewish schools –Akiva, Beth Rivkah, Bialik High School, Hebrew Academy, Hebrew Foundation School, Herzliah High School, JPPS, Maimonide, Solomon Schechter Academy and Talmud Torah–and collected the food that the students had been collecting for the previous month. Later on in the evening the unpacking and repacking of all the food collected was done with the help of students and parents of the community who volunteered their time, which made everything run very smoothly. The collected food will be redistributed to disadvantaged members of the community through various charities including Sun Youth. Over six 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.
This donation came in just in time for the World Food Day which was created in 1945, celebrated on October 16th of every year and hopes to raise awareness about food insecurity. It encourages people to take action to relieve hunger in their community and that is exactly what the Federation CJA did with the “Feed the Truck” event. This year’s World Food Day theme was “social protection and agriculture” and the Federation CJA initiative was in tune with it, demonstrating once again the importance of the community in protecting its members.
Sun Youth would like to thank Federation CJA, the participating schools, all the students and their parents for this generous gesture !
Picture above : Students taking part in Federation CJA’s Feed the Truck event. Photo courtesy of Federation CJA.