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A S EM I-AN N UA L UP DATE FROM MAZON: A JEWISH RESPONSE TO H U NGE R Founded in 1985, MAZON is a national, nonprofit agency that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

This night is different for us. Help us make it different for her. This Passover, you can help make a difference in the lives of 35 million Americans at risk of hunger. Your support enables them to eat and provides them the tools they need to achieve a better future.

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Letter from the President Every Passover, an acquaintance whom I see once a year at seder makes the same joke. “Nu,” he says, “Why is it I only see you when we’re wandering?

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ext time, come over and stay awhile.” Our ritual is always the same: He shakes my hand and throws out the line; we both laugh, partially out of a mutual awareness that ours is just a once-a-year relationship, and also out of a shared understanding that, in a larger sense, we will always be wandering. After all, this is a central point of the holiday and a key aspect of our cultural and religious heritage: We are wanderers, strangers looking for a home. This suggests another theme repeated during Passover and throughout the Jewish holiday calendar: It is in exile that we lead the search for justice. Judaism does not soft-pedal this link. Exodus clearly instructs us, “You shall not mistreat a stranger, nor shall you oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” In other words, having had the experience of being “other,” we cannot help but champion the “others” among us. Seen in this context, my seder friend’s joke is actually quite profound. Quite apart from my annual Pesach get-together, it is Judaism’s particular insight that all of us only truly see each other when we’re “wandering.” Indeed, when we’re comfortable and settled, content and secure in our place in the world, it becomes easy to ignore the people around us, to overlook society’s ills and turn a blind eye to the things that need to change. Exile—a sense that all is not as it should be, that we are strangers in our own lives and communities—forces us to see through a different lens. It fills us with a metaphorical hunger (for freedom, compassion and meaning) that enables us, with new eyes, to recognize actual hunger—the suffering experienced on a daily basis by so many in this country and beyond. And it thrusts upon us an acute awareness of the many ways in which our physical and social environment desperately crave our attention. It is appropriate that Passover comes during springtime, a season of growth and new beginnings. Its arrival augurs a fresh awakening of our self-identification as exiles, people alienated from the best life has to offer. The holiday alerts us to our real potential and life’s infinite possibilities, but reveals a path that takes us through challenging terrain. Through the course of my own wanderings, I have occasionally lost my way. Maintaining a commitment to communal justice in the face of discouraging odds is, simply put, a difficult task. And sustaining an outsider’s perspective—looking at society as imperfect and in need of repair—can be unsettling and even painful. Yet, my experience has also given me much cause for optimism. The people I encounter routinely overwhelm me with the strength of their caring and the fervor of their desire to foster a culture in which success is defined both as doing well and doing good. They reassure me that what we seek is within our reach—a global community that defines itself by the principles of inclusion. This is exile’s ultimate lesson: transforming us from outsiders to insiders by uniting us in common purpose. This Passover, I hope you will join me, as you have in years past, as once again we embark on a journey that makes each of us a desert wanderer. The trip will not be without struggle, but the reward will be great. At the end of the road, we are sure to find a promised land, one that speaks to the exile in all of us.

Chag Sameach,

H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D.

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Strengthening Nutrition in California California Hunger & Nutrition Policy Conference

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his January, MAZON held its annual California Hunger & Nutrition Policy Conference in Los Angeles. For the tenth year running, anti-hunger advocates and activists from across the state came together to hone skills, share resources and build relationships with like-minded colleagues focused on tackling one of California’s most urgent problems. This year’s conference marked the official launch of MAZON’s newest statewide endeavor: the California Nutrition & Healthy Eating Initiative. Tasked with helping MAZON’s California grantees incorporate good nutrition and healthy eating as key components of the services they provide, the program seeks to assist hunger relief organizations in their efforts to combat obesity, diabetes and other public health challenges. As always, MAZON welcomed a host of distinguished speakers, including California Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia (R-District 80) and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry (D-District 9). Also on the program

were Patricia Crawford, head of UC Berkeley’s Center for Weight and Health and a pioneering leader in obesity prevention, and Dr. Jonathan Fielding, who, in his capacity as L.A. County’s director of public health, is responsible for the full range of public health activities for 10 million county residents. Conference attendees heard the latest on child nutrition reauthorization, soon to be a major issue before the U.S. Congress, and also delved into nutrition-related policy issues facing California in the coming year. In addition, a session on significant nutrition improvements in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) food package enabled attendees to learn first hand about the ways in which advocacy can translate to real policy achievement. MAZON is especially grateful to its workshop and panel presenters, who also included Jim Weill, Kim McCoy Wade, Elizabeth Medrano, Ken Hecht, George Manalo-LeClaire and Laurie True. Their participation contributed to what was, by all accounts, one of the most successful conferences yet!

Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia (R-District 80) addresses California Hunger & Nutrition Policy Conference participants.

Tribute Consider giving a gift through MAZON. With your contribution of $15 or more, MAZON will send a tribute in your name to the recipient of your choice. Perfect for weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, thank yous, holidays, memorials and more.

Oklahoma’s Partners for Change Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma & Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

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hrough a network of charitable food programs across the 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma feeds over 50,000 people in need every week. Distributing 260 million pounds of food to more than 500 charitable feeding agencies in central and western Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offers crucial nutrition assistance to children, seniors and other vulnerable populations. Alone, these two groups make a positive difference in tens of thousands of lives; together, they are changing the face of hunger in Oklahoma.

Working together toward a common goal, these two food banks have established a strong collaborative partnership focusing on the power of legislative advocacy and education. In a short time, and with MAZON’s ongoing assistance, the organizations have made tremendous strides toward heightening awareness about hunger across the state, which has translated to a groundswell of support for strengthened anti-hunger legislation and activities. Under the auspices of this joint initiative, the food banks hired a seasoned advocacy professional and a veteran public policy coor-

OK Rep. Kris Steele, Rep. Rodney Bivens, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and State Sen. Andrew Rice show their support on National Hunger Awareness Day, 2007.

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Helping the Hungry at Chanukah Chanukah 2007

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very Chanukah, MAZON donors seek out innovative ways to channel the holiday spirit into renewed support of hungry children and families. Chanukah 2007 was no exception, generating a wave of creative anti-hunger activism that stretched from coast to coast. For the sixth consecutive year, Temple B’nai Torah in Seattle organized a community-wide Chanukah party, complete with latkes, music and dancing. The continued success of this event is due in no small part to the tireless leadership of Rabbi Jim Mirel and the gracious generosity of Miriam and Pip Meyerson, who helped launch the tradition and whose company, Matzoh Momma Catering, donates the

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Sharing A Simcha with People in Need

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fter 36 years of marriage, long-time MAZON supporter Cookie Pollock and her husband, Bob, renewed their vows—to each other, their family and their ongoing commitment, through MAZON, to tzedakah and tikkun olam. MAZON: How did you two meet?

Cookie Pollock: Bob and I are Terps*! We met at the University of Maryland in College Park in the fall of 1966. But we didn’t really connect until February 14, 1967, when I cut through the Student Union to thaw out on

food. This year’s event was the best yet, attracting hundreds of people—children and seniors, singles and families—for a night of festive holiday revelry, with all proceeds benefiting MAZON. Rabbi Michael Siegel of Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago, a long-time MAZON board member, also capitalized on the excitement of the holiday as a means of pursuing social justice. Rallying Chicago’s Jewish community around support of MAZON’s work in Africa, Rabbi Siegel hosted a successful Chanukah event. “Sharing the Light: A Jewish Response to Hunger in Africa” united Chicagoans in an educational evening of African culture, food, music and fair trade Chanukah gift shopping.

This Chanukah, more than 200 people also gathered in our nation’s capital to celebrate MAZON and contribute to its important humanitarian work. Prominent Jewish entertainer Neshama Carlebach performed in a holiday benefit concert for MAZON at Washington, DC’s magnificent Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. Continuing her father Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s legacy of love and respect for all humanity, Neshama riveted her audience with a performance geared toward inspiring deeper commitment for people in need. This evening would not have been possible without the support of MAZON board member Josh Levin, his wife Debra Fried Levin and Sue Ducat, whose commitment and vision truly made it a night to remember.

my way back to my dorm from classes. We sat there and talked for hours, until he asked me out. The rest is history! MAZON: How did you decide to renew

your vows?

CP: During a Valentine’s dance, the Alumni Association announced the upcoming opening of a new alumni center on campus. One thing led to another, and we booked a hall, sight unseen, for our renewal of vows ceremony. Our event was only their second “wedding”! MAZON: What made your event so special? CP: Our ceremony was a celebration of our 36 (double chai) years together. Those years included my conversion to Judaism, the b’nai mitzvah and confirmations of our two wonderful sons and my own bat mitzvah, all with the support of my loving husband. We reaffirmed our commitment to each other and to the principles of Judaism with our sons by our sides and in front of our family and friends. What a perfect day! MAZON: Why did you choose to use this ceremony to support MAZON?

Bob and Cookie Pollock walk down the aisle after renewing their wedding vows. CP: Needless to say, after 36 years of marriage, there is absolutely nothing we could possibly need. But we knew people would want to bring gifts, so we offered an alternative idea: Make a donation to MAZON in honor of our celebration. We want to spread the idea of donating 3% [of the cost of lifecycle events]—leaving “the corners of our fields” for others. Through its work, MAZON does a wonderful mitzvah for all people and deserves all the support we can give. *Terrapins, the sea turtle-like mascot of the University of Maryland

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raising the bar: Introducing Our New Logo For over 20 years, MAZON has been a leader in fighting hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. With a focus not just on meeting emergency need but also on solving hunger in the long term, MAZON’s creativity and innovation have put it at the forefront of the international anti-hunger movement. We are pleased to continue this forward-thinking tradition with the launch of our new logo and newsletter format. As we carry on with more than two decades of dedicated hunger relief work, itself an outgrowth of Jewish tradition dating back thousands of years, we are proud to face the future with a bold graphic identity that brings together generations in pursuit of meaningful change, and furthers our commitment to the dual Jewish ethical goals of charity and justice.

Making a Difference Around the World MAZON in South Africa

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his past January, MAZON led a mission of dedicated supporters on a remarkable visit to South Africa. Guided by President H. Eric Schockman, the group embarked on an inspiring and eye-opening 10-day journey to see first hand the work being done on global hunger’s frontlines. The following commentary was excerpted from a blog Dr. Schockman kept while on the trip.

January 22, 2008 The MAZON mission members have arrived safely in Cape Town, South Africa, and we hit the road running. On our first full day, we did a site visit and volunteer work for an organization called the WAREHOUSE. We learned from the executive director, Craig Stewart, that amongst all indices of world data, South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies. In our “country briefing” from the American ambassador’s staff, we discovered that an entire generation of mid-level public servants may be wiped out due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, which has a 30% infection rate here. In Cape Town alone, some 100,000 orphans are floating from home to home because of the loss of both parents to the disease. Later that day, we had a golden opportunity to connect with the leadership of the South African Jewish community. There are some 80,000 Jews here; they are important players in the “new South Africa.” We also visited the Holocaust Center, where we learned about the role the center plays in teaching diversity and tolerance to the next generation of civil servants, teachers, police personnel, students

MAZON board member and mission participant, David Pinzur, visiting a grantee in South Africa and correctional officers. It is a critical role to play in this community.

January 24, 2008 We started our day visiting one of our newer grantees, African Solutions for African Problems (ASAP), which trains women in the townships to care and feed for children affected by HIV/AIDS. We were all impressed with the group’s commitment and leadership. It was a place filled with dignity and hope. Everybody looks at each other eye-to-eye— a sense of pride and self-worth permeates the compound. We witnessed what a small amount of MAZON dollars can do in a country surrounded by poverty and acute food insecurity. Each of us had our own “moment” in taking in the realities of our righteous work. The MAZON mission also visited grantees Ikamva Labantu and the Southern African Union of Temple Sisterhoods.

Why Two Envelopes We hope that you will use one of the enclosed envelopes to respond to the Passover appeal and keep the other one for a commemorative contribution later in the year. If you did not receive two envelopes, call us at 310.442.0020. Mazon News 05

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A NOTE FROM THE CHAIR Dear Haverim, Recently, I counseled a woman contemplating suicide. She felt overwhelmed by the daily struggles of life after a childhood of abuse at the hands of alcoholic parents. First, on the phone and then in person, working with her psychiatrist and a few family members, I was comforted that all of us, together, were able to return her to a place of stability. It really does “take a village” to get anything important done. MAZON’s work, day in and day out, is even more dramatic and lifesaving. The Talmud’s Pirke Avot tells us that while it is not up to us to finish the task, neither may we desist from it. Hunger is an overwhelming problem in our country and in our world, and yet there is much that we can do to fight it through advocacy and direct service. We can transform people’s lives, and not just ameliorate their immediate situation, by removing their most fundamental preoccupation. If you don’t have food, you can’t be healthy, study in school or work. You feel empty in every sense of the word—physically, nutritionally and psychologically. Your life is starving, you are thirsting for direction and you can’t move ahead because there’s a famine in your soul. Pesach asks us to remember our slavery, to re-experience its pain symbolically and to retell its story aloud so that we, our children, grandchildren and friends may hear it. It is through eating at the Seder that we literally incorporate and embody the bitter maror of slavery and the sad, salty tears of oppression. At a Seder, we don’t just read and discuss, we swallow our history and taste our pain. It takes a village, a tradition and a vision to sensitize a people to this depth of experience, and we are grateful that our tradition reminds us not only of our liberation, but also the prison of enslavement. Our country and our world are full of people chained by hunger and enslaved by poverty. Whatever we can do, we must do. We owe it to our ancestors and our children, our people and our world, our sacred texts and our living history. MAZON is the way; the time is now. “Let all who are hungry, come and eat.” Chag Sameach,

Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

Island Harvest’s 2007 summer food blitz, which worked to meet increased demand for food assistance.

RESCUING FOOD AND RECOVERING HOPE ON LONG ISLAND Island Harvest Makes An Impact

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ounded in New York over 15 years ago by one woman with a cooler, a station wagon and a strong desire to help people in need, Island Harvest has evolved into a far-reaching and impactful food rescue and delivery organization that makes a critical difference in thousands of Long Islanders’ lives. Each year, more than 1,000 active and trained volunteers join together with Island Harvest staff to collect seven million pounds of leftover food from restaurants, supermarkets, caterers and other sources. Since 1992, the organization has rescued over 43 million pounds of food, supplementing 33 million meals and helping to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. Complicating Island Harvest’s efforts is a continued increase in the number of Long Island residents facing financial hardship. According to a recent report, 259,000 Long Islanders—nearly 10% of the Nassau/Suffolk population—access emergency food programs each year. Island Harvest makes a dent in this need by supplying food, free of charge, to a network of nearly 450 soup kitchens, food pantries, child care centers and other locations accessible to hungry individuals and families. In addition to providing vital nourishment to member agencies and their clients, Island Harvest invests significant resources in education and advocacy. Recognizing that ending hunger requires a broader understanding of the conditions that cause it, the organization hosts a free monthly workshop series to address a range of related topics. “Bridging the Educational Divide” brings together anti-hunger advocates and experts to share knowledge and resources on subjects such as applying for food stamps, shopping on a limited budget and accessing crucial state and federal assistance programs. These sessions equip attendees with the tools they need to ease their clients’ suffering and help them on their path to self-sufficiency. Island Harvest staff and volunteers also lead frequent hunger awareness educational sessions for companies, civic and religious groups and schools. Its unflagging commitment to food rescue, and unwavering focus on building long-term hunger solutions through education and advocacy, consistently earn Island Harvest high marks from statewide and local agencies. A winner of the prestigious New York State Liberty Award, the organization has also been named Most Valuable Player by the Long Island Association and “Best of Long Island” by The Long Island Press. It is with great excitement—and deep respect—that MAZON welcomes Island Harvest as a first-time grantee. Island Harvest received a $10,000 grant from MAZON this past fall.

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Report from the Field: New Orleans by Ruth Laibson

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recently spent a week in New Orleans. I knew that coming to this city for the first time since the Katrina disaster two-and-ahalf years ago would evoke deep-seated emotions in me. The images of the tragedy, particularly those of the Morial Convention Center under siege, were still fresh in my mind. In response to Katrina’s horrors, MAZON and its partners had contributed over a million dollars to the region’s relief and rebuilding efforts (more than $400,000 in New Orleans alone). Now, I would have a chance to see for myself how the recovery of this authentically American cultural icon was proceeding. What I witnessed left me saddened and, at the same time, hopeful. As I was driven through the Lakeview and New Orleans East districts and eventually across the lower and upper Ninth Wards, a vast expanse of many square miles, I experienced an increasing sense of desolation and hopelessness. Empty lots with exposed foundations were everywhere, many covered in tall weeds and wild vegetation. Most of the buildings that were still standing were gutted on the inside and stripped of any reworkable materials. Windows and roofs were broken or missing and remains of personal possessions were scattered along the curbs. Multiple water lines were etched on the outer walls of the surviving buildings, most of which were marked with a shorthand of letters and numbers placed on the structures by FEMA officials in the weeks after the water had begun to recede. Perhaps the most gutwrenching moments came as we passed several boarded-up elementary schools with deserted playgrounds—the silence was too loud to bear. Neighborhood after neighborhood was decimated, whole communities across generations were gone. I could not envision any possibility of a future here. And then I spent a day at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, a MAZON grantee. I wanted to understand, first-hand, how the issue of

post-Katrina hunger relief, with its unique problems, was being addressed. I learned a lot about the efforts being made to get food to hungry New Orleanians, but perhaps more significantly, I was helped to reconsider my thoughts about what the city’s future should be.

“Ms. Jayroe refuses to accept the argument, advanced by some, that ecological issues raised by New Orleans’ vulnerable location at the mouth of the Mississippi make reconstruction unrealistic.” Natalie Jayroe, the food bank’s president and chief executive officer, believes most strongly that the rebirth of New Orleans is not only a possibility, but also an imperative. Besides the fact that this port city on the Mississippi River serves as an invaluable economic engine for the entire region, it also represents a part of American cultural history that cannot be replicated. Ms. Jayroe places the main responsibility for the Katrina disaster on a lack of national leadership, which has resulted in neglect to the infrastructure of the city and indifference to the needs of its poorest citizens. In her estimation, post-Katrina recovery failure is also the result, to a great extent, of a corrupt and weak city government. Ms. Jayroe refuses to accept the argument, advanced by some, that ecological issues raised

by New Orleans’ vulnerable location at the mouth of the Mississippi make reconstruction unrealistic. She insists that if a sustained effort is made to rebuild the levee system appropriately, with the ongoing engagement of the federal government, New Orleans will be able to withstand other natural disasters. She feels that the real Katrina tragedy was NOT the natural disaster itself, but rather the tragic consequence of the collapse of the levees, caused by human failure to maintain the system over many decades. Natalie Jayroe moved with her family to New Orleans in November 2006 to assume the leadership of the Second Harvest Food Bank, following almost a decade as head of a food bank in Savannah, Georgia. She felt compelled, after Katrina, to bring her remarkable skills, energy and passion to a community in crisis. She is committed to the future of New Orleans and is convinced that the city can be reclaimed in five to 10 years, including a new water system, electricity grid, housing and schools. However, she states that this will only happen with the execution of a plan for redevelopment on the magnitude of “an American Marshall Plan or a New Deal.” Does Natalie Jayroe represent a new vision for New Orleans? Is anyone listening? Only time will tell. Ruth Laibson is a MAZON board member from Philadelphia, PA. Mazon News 07

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A MAZON Thank You to a Colleague and Friend

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ight and a half years ago, prominent attorney and long-time Jewish community leader Barbara H. Bergen accepted a position as MAZON’s vice president and general counsel. After nearly a decade of dedicated service, Barbara will soon be striking out in a new direction.

personnel. Among her many accomplishments, Barbara has expertly directed MAZON’s biannual fundraising campaigns, consistently raising the bar for success and directly resulting in MAZON’s vastly increased grantmaking capacity.

During her tenure, Barbara played an instrumental role in MAZON’s development, helping to oversee the organization’s evolution into one of the nation’s largest—and most influential—privately funded anti-hunger groups. Her well-earned reputation in the Jewish community and beyond as a smart and effective advocate helped her forge important partnerships that continue to benefit MAZON and the poor and hungry families it serves. While at MAZON, Barbara was able to have a positive impact on nearly every area of its operations, from cultivation of synagogue relationships to financial management to

Barbara’s commitment to improving her community also includes her participation in the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services, which assists with the delivery of civil and criminal legal services to low- and moderate-income individuals throughout the state. She has also been an active member of Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Courts and was, from 2002-2006, Chair of the California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, a position that enabled her to continue her decades of service on behalf of low-income communities. Prior to her arrival

helping oregonians thrive

food boxes and hot meals) and strategic, longer-term guidance (e.g., assisting with access to medical and mental health services, child care resources and employment opportunities) empower low-income people of all faiths and ethnic origins to build a more secure future.

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ounded in 1947 to provide social services to the greater Portland community within a context of Jewish values, Jewish Family & Child Service (JFCS) helps low-income families and individuals meet emergency need and plan for long-term success. Through its Yad Tikvah (Hand of Hope) Program, JFCS offers critical financial support to needy clients, including assistance with food, shelter, clothing, school supplies and rent, among other expenses. In addition, JFCS helps connect clients with appropriate social services and government resources such as legal aid, disability services and transportation. By means of effective case management and referrals, last year JFCS—with funding from MAZON—helped move over 300 clients further out of poverty. Its combination of direct emergency aid (including the provision of

True to its Jewish roots, JFCS also works to ensure that Jewish families facing financial and other hardships are not forgotten. In addition to distributing Passover food baskets, the organization routinely hosts Chanukah parties, Passover seders and Shabbat dinners. And JFCS is the only service provider for Holocaust survivors in the state of Oregon.

at MAZON, Barbara distinguished herself in a number of leadership roles at the AntiDefamation League; her career has also included high-level positions in banking. All of us at MAZON are deeply indebted to Barbara for her dedication and legacy of achievement. She leaves MAZON better than she found it, and will be sorely missed. We know the next chapter holds many exciting opportunities for her, and one thing is certain: Wherever she goes, Barbara will continue working to further the cause of justice.

mote the welfare of Oregon’s at-risk populations, including raising the minimum food stamp budget and establishing a healthy kids initiative that ensures medical care for uninsured children. MAZON thanks its partners at JFCS for their tireless efforts. Working together, our two agencies continue to make inroads in reducing hunger and alleviating human suffering in Oregon and beyond. Jewish Family & Child Service received a $9,000 grant from MAZON this past fall.

JFCS’s commitment to improving lives stems in part from its understanding that advocacy is a crucial component of any long-term antihunger effort. As an active member of the Oregon Faith Based Roundtable Against Hunger and the Community Relations Council of the local Jewish Federation, JFCS has worked to secure an increase in state funds of over $1 million to the Oregon Food Bank. Through its membership in these coalitions, JFCS engages city and state legislators and their constituents in developing sound public policies that pro-

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Bridging the Ideological Divide Congressional Hunger Center

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ocated in Washington, DC, the Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a bipartisan, nonprofit leadership training organization that brings the national antihunger community together to find creative solutions to domestic and international hunger. Founded in 1993 by Congressmen Tony Hall, Bill Emerson and Frank Wolf, CHC is funded through foundation grants, corporate donations, individual gifts and an appropriation from the United States Congress.

MAZON has long played a critical role in funding key CHC programs. One such initiative is the Center’s “Food as Medicine” campaign, tasked with educating government leaders, funders, food bankers and others about the importance of nutrition for lowincome people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Conducted in partnership with the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA), another MAZON grantee, “Food as Medicine” resulted in the U.S. House of Representatives hosting a hearing, attended by more than 60 House staff, to highlight the ways in which a nutrient-rich

diet can improve quality of life for low-income people suffering from chronic and debilitating disease. This year, MAZON’s support will enable CHC to launch Phase II of the campaign, which will entail building a comprehensive media strategy and developing outreach materials on food stamps and other resources targeted to low-income people with HIV/AIDS. The fastest growing population of HIV/AIDS victims are women of child bearing ages; many of these women, along with so many others struggling with HIV/AIDS, are unaware of— and therefore do not access—federally available nutrition assistance. During the second phase of “Food as Medicine,” CHC will work to close this gap. Committed to its coalition-building work, CHC also relied on MAZON’s ongoing assistance to find common ground on the 2007 Farm Bill among farm interests, conservation groups, sustainable agriculture supporters and others. Moving forward, the Center will continue its work, on the international front, to secure significant humanitarian food aid and to reauthorize and expand the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which promotes education, development and food security for some of the world’s poorest children. MAZON is proud of its collaboration with this august—and highly effective— organization! The Congressional Hunger Center received a $10,000 grant this past fall.

dinator to serve as advocates on behalf of Oklahoma’s hungry and at-risk residents. Oklahoma ranks third in the nation in the number of people who experience hunger, and fifth in terms of the number of people who are food insecure; facing such grim statistics, these two talented professionals continue to have their work cut out for them. Their guidance has resulted in a number of critical successes, among them the establishment (by the state Senate) of a Task Force on Hunger, gaining the support of key media allies, including such major publications as The Oklahoman and the Tulsa World and encouraging the participation of state legislators in a number of hunger awareness events. The strength of their partnership stems from the two food banks’ understanding that education plays a vital role in eliminating hunger. To that end, they launched a food stamp education series, held in conjunction with the state Department of Human Services, and created a website to serve as a primary vehicle for advocacy and awareness on the Internet. The food banks also sponsored a statewide Food Stamp Challenge to draw attention to hunger and the food stamp program. The challenge garnered the participation of a number of prominent participants, including seven state legislators and four journalists, and received extensive press coverage. Reducing hunger in Oklahoma will require sustained commitment into the foreseeable future. With MAZON’s help, both the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma have demonstrated their effectiveness, and have proven their dedication to fighting for long-term change. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma each received a $30,000 grant from MAZON this past fall.

Legacy Leaders Help MAZON find long-term solutions to hunger by expressing your long-term commitment to our cause. When you leave a bequest for MAZON in your will—whether it is a specific asset, a percentage of your estate or the remainder of your estate—you leave a lasting legacy defined by your values, your compassion and your deep-seated connection to the Jewish obligation of tikkun olam. For more information, call us at 310.442.0020. Mazon News 09

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Fall 2007 Grants Total $2,203,500 to 191 Organizations Alabama Bay Area Food Bank Theodore | $10,000 Alaska Food Bank of Alaska Anchorage | $15,000

Hunger Action Los Angeles Los Angeles | $18,000*

Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries Waterbury | $5,000

Imperial Valley Food Bank El Centro | $10,000

Jewish Community Center Stamford | $4,000

Inter-Faith Ministries Modesto | $6,000

Juneau Cooperative Christian Ministry/ The Glory Hole Juneau | $7,000

Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights San Francisco | $10,000

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Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles Los Angeles | $7,000

Community Food Bank Tucson | $9,000

Amador-Tuolumne Community Resources Jackson | $14,000* California Association of Food Banks Oakland | $27,000* California Hunger Action Coalition (CHAC) Watsonville | $2,500 Catholic Charitie, Diocese of San Diego San Diego | $8,000 Community Action Partnership of Kern: Food Bank Bakersfield | $7,000 Community Food Bank Fresno | $7,000

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Kansas

Bread for the City Washington | $15,000

Inter-Faith MinistriesWichita Wichita | $15,000

Jewish Community Center St. Louis | $4,000 Migrant Farmworkers Project Kansas City | $10,000

Second Harvest Heartland St. Paul | $15,000 Missouri

DC Central Kitchen Washington | $7,000

Jewish Community Center Louisville | $5,000

IONA Senior Services Washington | $5,000

Louisiana

Redemptorist Social Services Center Kansas City | $10,000

Abraham’s Tent Lake Charles | $4,000

Montana

Maine

Missoula Food Bank Missoula | $10,000

Florida

Partners in Ending Hunger Portland | $8,000

Nevada

Jewish Family & Community Services Jacksonville | $4,000

Maryland

Project MANA Incline Village | $8,000

Garden Harvest Glyndon | $6,000

New Jersey

Project Chicken Soup Los Angeles | $5,000 Public Counsel Los Angeles | $22,000 San Diego Hunger Coalition San Diego | $20,000 Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties San Jose | $10,000 St. Joseph Center Venice | $15,000* St. Joseph’s Family Center Gilroy | $9,000 St. Margaret’s Center Lennox | $8,000

Westside Food Bank Santa Monica | $10,000

Hope-Net Los Angeles | $6,000

Leladeinu/Project Elijah Foundation Des Moines | $4,000

God’s Pantry Food Bank Lexington | $9,000

FOOD Share Oxnard | $9,000

Haight Ashbury Food Program San Francisco | $14,000

Food Bank of Delaware Newark | $9,000

D.C. Hunger Solutions Washington | $25,000

The Survivor Mitzvah Project Los Angeles | $5,000

Grupo de la Comida San Francisco | $15,000*

Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance Minneapolis | $12,000

Plowshares Peace & Justice Center Ukiah | $8,000

Food Bank for Monterey County Salinas | $13,000*

Fresno Metropolitan Ministry Fresno | $22,000*

Hunger Solutions Minnesota Saint Paul | $10,000

Kentucky

The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Los Angeles | $5,000

Foothill Unity Center Monrovia | $9,000*

Iowa

Yad Ezra Berkley | $12,000

Capital Area Food Bank Washington | $13,000

Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County Paso Robles | $8,000

FoodLink for Tulare County Visalia | $19,000

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana Fort Wayne | $10,000

Madera County Food Bank Madera | $10,000

California Alameda County Community Food Bank Oakland | $20,000*

Delaware

Indiana

Colorado La Puente Home Alamosa | $8,000 Metro CareRing Denver | $20,000* Connecticut Connecticut Association for Human Services Hartford | $12,000

Washington DC Jewish Community Center Washington | $5,000

Samuel M. & Helene Soref Jewish Community Center Ft. Lauderdale | $4,000 Treasure Coast Food Bank Fort Pierce | $10,000 Georgia Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta | $15,000* Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Atlanta | $15,000 Hawaii

Jewish Family Services Baltimore | $9,000 Maryland Hunger Solutions /FRAC Washington, DC | $20,000

Falmouth Service Center Falmouth | $12,000 Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Hatfield | $15,000 Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Boston | $25,000*

Idaho

Michigan

Idaho Community Action Network Boise | $14,000

ACCESS of West Michigan Grand Rapids | $10,000

Illinois

Elijah’s Promise New Brunswick | $5,000 Freehold Area Open Door Freehold | $5,000 HomeFront Lawrenceville | $10,000

Massachusetts

Kauai Food Bank Lihue | $15,000

Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force Garden City | $25,000

Missouri Rural Crisis Center Columbia | $12,000

Focus: HOPE Detroit | $10,000 Food Bank Council of Michigan Lansing | $35,000

Connecticut Food Bank New Haven | $10,000

Good News Community Kitchen Chicago | $13,000

Gleaners Community Food Bank Detroit | $17,000

Foodshare Bloomfield | $15,000

Lakeview Pantry Chicago | $5,000

Hidden Harvest Saginaw | $4,000

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Princeton | $4,000 Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Monmouth County Asbury Park | $4,000 Jewish Family Service Agency of Central New Jersey Elizabeth | $5,000 Jewish Federation of Ocean County Lakewood | $3,000 Mercer Street Friends Trenton | $12,000 New Mexico Kitchen Angels Santa Fe | $5,000 New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Albuquerque | $25,000

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New York Cathedral Community Cares New York | $8,000 Dutchess Outreach Poughkeepsie | $15,000 Food Bank of the Southern Tier Elmira | $8,000 Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion New York | $6,000 Health and Welfare Council of Long Island Hempstead | $25,000* Interfaith Nutrition Network (The INN) Hempstead | $5,000 Island Harvest Mineola | $10,000 Jewish Community Council of Canarsie Brooklyn | $8,000 Jewish Family Service of Rockland County New City | $4,000 Jewish Services Coalition Far Rockaway | $4,000 Just Food New York | $8,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Charlotte | $7,000

Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center Harrisburg | $25,000

Lifelong AIDS Alliance Seattle | $5,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Winston-Salem | $10,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania Bethlehem | $7,000

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest Spokane | $9,000

Ohio Cleveland Foodbank Cleveland | $20,000 Dayton Area Jewish Senior Services Agency of Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Dayton | $5,000 Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks Columbus | $15,000 Oklahoma Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma Tulsa | $30,000 Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Oklahoma City | $30,000

FOOD for Lane County Eugene | $12,000* Jewish Family & Child Service Portland | $9,000 Sisters of the Road Cafe Portland | $5,000

National Council of Jewish Women New York Section New York | $8,000

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Duquesne | $20,000*

Project Ezra New York | $5,000 Project Hospitality Staten Island | $10,000 Syracuse Jewish Family Service Syracuse | $10,000 United Methodist Center in Far Rockaway Far Rockaway | $4,000

George Wiley Center Pawtucket | $13,000 Rhode Island Community Food Bank West Warwick | $20,000 South Carolina Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston | $15,000 South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center Columbia | $10,000 Tennessee Memphis Food Bank Memphis | $8,000 Texas

Oregon

Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty New York | $5,000

Nutrition Consortium of New York State Albany | $25,000*

Wisconsin Rhode Island

Pennsylvania

Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia | $5,000 Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia | $4,000 Jewish Family Service of Greater Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre | $4,000 Jewish Family Service of the Lehigh Valley (JFS-LV) Allentown | $2,000

NORTH CAROLINA

Jewish Family Service of York York | $4,000

Inter-Faith Council for Social Service Carrboro | $5,000

Just Harvest Education Fund Pittsburgh | $18,000*

Rural Advancement Foundation International RAFI-USA Pittsboro | $5,000

Mitzvah Food Project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Philadelphia | $5,000

Center for Public Policy Priorities Austin | $30,000* High Plains Food Bank Amarillo | $10,000 Regional East Texas Food Bank Tyler | $10,000 San Antonio Food Bank San Antonio | $20,000 South Plains Food Bank Lubbock | $10,000 Utah Crossroads Urban Center Salt Lake City | $10,000 Utahns Against Hunger Salt Lake City | $12,000 Vermont Vermont Foodbank South Barre | $15,000 Virginia Federation of Virginia Food Banks Norfolk | $7,000 Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank Salem | $10,000 Washington

Hunger Task Force Milwaukee | $20,000 Jewish Family Services Milwaukee | $8,000 Wisconsin Council of Churches Sun Prairie | $5,000 REGIONAL/NATIONAL America’s Second Harvest Chicago, IL | $40,000 Alliance to End Hunger Washington, DC | $10,000

BANGLADESH, INDIA, NEPAL International Development Exchange San Francisco, CA | $10,000 El Salvador SHARE Foundation: Building A New El Salvador Today San Francisco, CA | $12,000 Former Soviet UnioN Jewish Foundation for the Righteous New York, NY | $5,000 Haiti Friends of the Children of Lascahobas, Haiti New York, NY | $10,000 Lambi Fund of Haiti Washington, DC | $20,000

Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA) Washington, DC | $5,000

Israel

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Washington, DC | $50,000*

Be’er Sova Beersheva | $10,000

Congressional Hunger Center Washington, DC | $10,000* Food Research and Action Center Washington, DC | $50,000* National CSFP Association Manchester, NH | $35,000 National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Chicago, IL | $10,000 Northeast Regional AntiHunger Network East Boston, MA | $10,000

Adva Center Tel Aviv | $8,000

Community Advocacy Jerusalem | $8,000 Ezrat Avot Jerusalem | $6,000 Forum to Address Food Insecurity and Poverty in Israel Jerusalem | $10,000 Israel Religious Action Center Jerusalem | $7,000 Table to Table Ra’anana | $9,000 Yad Ezer L’Haver Haifa | $4,000

Northwest Federation of Community Organizations Seattle, WA | $9,000

Yad Ezra V’Shulamit Jerusalem | $5,000

SeaShare Bainbridge Island, WA | $15,000*

Niger

South East Public Benefits Training and Advocacy Group Tallahassee | $23,000 International Argentina Bet-El Community Buenos Aires | $5,000

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara Newmarket, NH | $10,000 South Africa African Solutions to African Problems (ASAP) Hudson, NY | $10,000 Southern African Union of Temple Sisterhoods Houghton | $11,000

Asian Counseling & Referral Service Seattle | $8,000 Food Lifeline Shoreline | $15,000*

* Multi-year grants.

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