Using one of the most evocative lines from the traditional Passover Seder – “Let all who are hungry come and eat” – the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) and MAZON have re-contextualized the historical message of redemption from slavery with the modern struggle faced by hungry children across our country by creating the Child Nutrition Seder mobilization. We are joining with the anti-hunger community to send a powerful message to elected officials and to ask Congress to reauthorize a strong Child Nutrition Bill with at least $1 billion in new funding each year for the next five years.
Tomorrow, a special National Child Nutrition Seder is being held in our nation’s capital to kick off the initiative. Every day, we are blessed to see the Jewish community’s support for child nutrition programs. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share that enthusiasm with Senators, House Representatives, White House representatives and the US Department of Agriculture. We are honored to be represented at this special event by MAZON Board Chair, Joel E. Jacob.
Full details from JCPA are below. If you’re interested in attending the National Child Nutrition Seder TOMORROW in Washington DC, please call Becky Eisen at JCPA’s Washington Office: 202-212-6036.
WASHINGTON – As the deadline for Congress to reauthorize billions of dollars to support vital childhood nutrition programs approaches, the American Jewish community is uniting with its interfaith partners, child and anti-hunger advocates to hold grassroots events across the country based on the traditional Passover Seder to encourage members of Congress to quickly reauthorize and strengthen the Childhood Nutrition Act.
On Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in room SVC 210/212 of the Capitol Visitors Center, U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) as well as U.S. Representatives Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), James McGovern (D-Mass.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will join officials from the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as anti-hunger advocates and Washington, D.C. area students for the National Capital Childhood Nutrition Seder. Also participating in the event are high school students from the Jewish-Latino Teen Coalition from Tucson, Arizona who are in Washington, D.C. doing advocacy work on poverty and hunger issues.
Thursday’s Seder in the Capitol Visitors Center is open to the media and coverage is invited. Please note that photo and video opportunities will be available.
The Childhood Nutrition Seders are being organized by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Being held in more than 30 cities across the United States, these Seders are working to encourage an end to childhood hunger across the United States.
The specially-written Hagaddah follows the traditional Seder model, but has been modified to educate the Jewish community and its partners about the prevalence of hunger and malnutrition in the United States and the need for immediate action.
More information about this year’s Childhood Nutrition Seders can be found at http://www.jewishpublicaffairs.org/CNS.
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)
U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)
U.S. Representative Sandy Levin (D-Mich.)
U.S. Representative James McGovern (D-Mass.)
U.S. Representative Gary Peters (D-Mich.)
Susan Sher, chief of staff for First Lady Michelle Obama
Max Finberg, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Joel Jacob, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Ambassador Tony Hall, Director of the Alliance to End Hunger
Students from the Jewish Latino Teen Coalition from Tucson, Arizona
Students from the Jewish Primary Day School of Washington, D.C.
A National Childhood Nutrition Seder featuring U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, Interfaith Leaders, Child and anti-hunger Advocates will come together for a special Passover Seder focusing on the need to reauthorize funding to support expiring childhood nutrition programs across the country.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Room SVC 210/212
Capitol Visitors Center
More information about future Child Nutrition Seders around the country is forthcoming. If you are unable to attend, learn more about the initiative and download the special Child Nutrition Hagaddah for hosting or integrating with your own seder.