“Eliminating the tragic waste of excess locally grown fresh food by enabling America’s 42 million home/community gardeners to share their bounty with a local food pantry is a perfect example of both Tikkun Olam and Tzadakah in action,” said Oppenheimer. “Thanks to AmpleHarvest.org, the phrase ‘jars, cans boxes – no fresh food’ that has historically accompanied most food drives is now a thing of the past.”
“The CBH community is thrilled to have an innovative social entrepreneur like Gary Oppenheimer share his unique vision for reducing hunger,” said Liza Kirschenbaum and Marc Kaufman, Co-Chairs of CBH Social Action Committee. “We are confident that Gary’s positive messages and insights will inspire members of our community to engage in this important issue.”
“On the second Shabbat of each month, a different social justice issue is incorporated into CBH’s Shabbat activities at services, adult learning, and religious school,” said Rabbi Hannah Orden. “May is the perfect time to introduce AmpleHarvest.org’s creative approach to feeding the hungry, which is an important part of Jewish tradition. As people begin to plant their gardens, we hope they will consider donating surplus produce to a nearby food pantry – easily located at AmpleHarvest.org”
For more information, go to bethhatikvah.org or call 908 / 277-0200. Congregation Beth Hatikvah is located at 36 Chatham Road.