The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
School Food Pantries: An Approach to Childhood Hunger/Food Insecurity
Temple Emanuel created a school food pantry service through an interfaith initiative to help the food insecure students and families in the Winston-Salem area.
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Bob Schwartz watched a webinar sponsored by the Religious Action Center on “Fighting Hunger One School at a Time: Backpack Buddies.” This presentation stimulated him to discuss the topic with Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee. At the suggestion of our Rabbi, the congregation formed a partnership with Highland Presbyterian Church, which is located next door to the temple.
Temple Emanuel formed a Steering Committee and met with representatives of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. After discussion with the Food Bank, they decided to start a school food pantry rather than a backpack program. The reason for this decision was that with a food pantry we could provide food for entire families rather than a single child. The congregation met with the principal and counselor at Moore Elementary School, which is located 0.3 miles from the temple and church. The school principal was interested in having a food pantry, but did not have space at the school. They found a room on the ground floor of the church near a side entrance. The room was painted by volunteers and the church supplied metal shelves and a storage room. Volunteers were recruited and attended an orientation session. Families needing assistance are referred to the pantry by the school counselor.
Doors opened and in the first month served 20 families.