Recognizing that we are blessed with abundance while thousands of children and adults in the greater community suffer from hunger, KI members devote themselves to addressing the scourge of food insecurity in Los Angeles. We are the leader in donating food to the Westside Food Bank, this year smashing our previous record with over 82,000 pounds of food, and we further help by sorting the donations. KI volunteers of all ages meet monthly to pack and deliver groceries to hungry, low-income families in Los Angeles through One-on-One Outreach. One Saturday night each month, KI families cook and serve dinner to the residents of Turning Point Transitional Housing in Santa Monica, California. Even with all this, the need outpaces our efforts, and we continue to look for ways we can do more including our KI Hunger Task Force.
Join with other volunteers to package and distribute grocery baskets to low-income families in South Los Angeles.
One on One Outreach is grassroots program that provides groceries to low income families in South Central L.A. One Sunday every month volunteers meet to pack and deliver groceries door to door in the neighborhood we serve. One on One was established in 1998 by Ashly Plourde who saw a need in his own neighborhood for families to receive assistance to make it through the end of each month. We deliver on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of every month. This usually takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. From small beginnings of 20 boxes of food we now deliver 150 boxes to apartments. We deliver 1000’s of tons of free groceries annually. In the last few years KI members have donated their time and money to supporting this 100% volunteer program. They have seen the benefits of helping and interacting with the recipients of these boxes of groceries.
To sign up to volunteer and to get more information on One on One contact KI member Michael Schwartz at email@example.com
Kehillat Israel is the single largest donor of food to the Westside Food Bank. We collect food year-round in Westside Food Bank barrels located at our main entrance. A special emphasis is placed on the Food Bank each year during the High Holidays. For the past several years, we have broken the record we set the previous year. In 2013, we contributed 82,000 pounds of food.
We also participate in Food Sorts each year in May and December, helping the Food Bank staff organize the thousands of pounds of food they receive to deliver to local food panties. It is a hands-on, family-friendly experience that everyone can do together, from pre-schoolers to grandparents.
B’nai Mitzvah youth can get involved by organizing a food drive and then participating in a food sort.
Contact Bruce Rosen for more information about the Westside Food Bank at BRosen5555@aol.com.
KI keeps setting records for food collection. Click here to see what we have done. Turning Point Transitional Shelter Kehillat Israel’s Turning Point Task Force has a long history of supporting this outstanding program. The KI Task Force prepares and serves dinner to the 55 shelter residents on the first Saturday of every month and on special occasions throughout the year. To sign up to help prepare and/or serve a meal, please contact the KI Task Force Coordinator, Angela Wilder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turning Point Transitional Shelter
1447 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404