Every October, the cavernous SHARE Food Program’s warehouse becomes home to hundreds of bright orange tote bags, each heavy with cans of tuna fish, sardines, beans and jars of peanut butter — altogether more than 50,000 pounds of nourishing food collected during the High Holiday Food Drive.
Nearly 150 members of the Women’s Philanthropy group at the Jewish Federation descended on the SHARE warehouse on Oct 30th to help sort the food. Many of the volunteers brought along family members and close friends to share in the meaningful experience.
Sorting this food is not a simple task: The donations must be organized into a number of different categories, kosher food and non-kosher food must be separated, and expiration dates must be double checked. In usual fashion, this year’s group rose to the challenge with plenty of chutzpah! Following this enthusiastic sorting process, the donations will supplement food orders at our five Mitzvah food pantries for four months.