JewishCare Sydney on a drive to collect food

August 17, 2009 by J-Wire
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JewishCare collects food for the needy.  YES there is a need

It is a sad fact of life that many people in our community live in poverty or are experiencing such crises in their lives that they are unable to put food on the table. While the incidence of poverty is less than that of the wider community it is undeniable that there a pockets of genuine poverty in our local Jewish community and these people turn to JewishCare for help.

There are many commonly reoccurring scenarios that lead to such tragic situations and these include a family where a parent is very sick, people who are unable to leave the house due to physical or mental issues or people that simply do not have sufficient money to buy adequate supplies of food or even household products.

A recent initiative of the Care Aware group of volunteers invited students from Jewish primary schools to purchase and deliver food and household supplies from a designated list of most needed items to JewishCare.

The results were amazing with literarily thousands of items being donated and then ultimately distributed throughout the community. The old Burger Centre site now known as JewishCare’s Saber Street premises has been converted into supermarket where products are stored and from where volunteers collect items for distribution.

One unexpected aspect of this undertaking has been that the demand has actually been much greater than initially estimated. This is meant that stocks that were expected to last 6 months have actually been exhausted after only 4 months and as such we urgently need more food.

The schools will again be collecting food for us but if you or your group wants to help out and collect food for people in genuine need give Warren a call on 9302 8005 and he can send you the list of most needed items.

An interesting and educational adjunct has been that this wonderful Mitzvah teaches the children at the Jewish schools that some people are not as fortunate as they are and that their Tzedakah can really make a difference to a person’s life.

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