BE a mensch! Help combat hunger with your High Holiday donation.
Hunger in Durham is a reality for many of our Durham neighbors and throughout the state.
More than 50% of food insecure families in Durham must choose between competing necessities, such as food or housing, or medical care, or utilities, or transportation.(1)
According to a Brookings report, in North Carolina 21.3% of children lived in food-insecure households in 2014-2016. This means that slightly more than one-fifth of children in our state lack access to adequate food. (2)
North Carolina has next to the highest percentage of seniors “facing a threat of hunger.” (3)
The Beth El social action committee is committed to helping alleviate hunger in Durham and neighboring communities. This year, because of the synagogue renovation, we are asking congregants to donate cash or Visa, Master Card or grocery store gift cards instead of collecting bags of food.
The food banks will purchase groceries to stock their inventory. Money and gift cards will not be given directly to those in need.
This year we are supporting the following organizations:
Iglesia Hispana Emanuel
Walltown Food Bank
Families Moving Forward
Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC
How do I donate?
Monetary donations can be made on this page or mailed to the Beth El office. If you write a check, mention “High Holidays food drive" in the memo line
Your donations of gift cards from Food Lion, Harris-Teeter, Walmart, Costco or Visa/Master Card will be collected at Erev Rosh Hashanah and at Kol Nidre services at The Carolina Theatre. You can also bring them to the Beth El office in advance.
No one should go hungry, and no one should have to choose between the necessities of life. Start the New Year by BEing a mensch!