Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

MAZON, which means “food” or “sustenance” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

The three interrelated strategies we employ – advocacy & education, partnership grants and strategic initiatives – form the foundation for our holistic approach and symbolize our desire to embody the Jewish ideals: tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (healing the world).


MAZON regularly publishes Annual Reports, Newsletters and other materials. Visit our Publications page to read or download. 

Who We Are

MAZON’s greatest assets are the highly-accomplished people responsible for its work.

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Financial Information

MAZON takes great pride in its financial stewardship as a fully transparent, 501(c)(3) public charity. Tax ID #22-2624532.

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Our History

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger was founded by Leonard Fein in 1985, on the heels of the famine in Ethiopia. Mr. Fein created MAZON to be a bridge between the relative abundance of the American Jewish community and the desperate need felt by millions of hungry people around the world.

MAZON began soliciting donations by encouraging American Jews to donate a portion of the cost of life-cycle celebrations (weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, and other joyous occasions), a modern interpretation of the ancient rabbinical tradition of not allowing a celebration to begin until the community’s poor and hungry were seated and fed. Rabbis at synagogues all across the country responded to our call to action and encouraged their congregants to support MAZON.

Today, MAZON is blessed to have an extended family of nearly 1,000 synagogues and tens of thousands of individual donors, all of whom share our commitment to ending hunger once and for all.

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Privacy Policy

Since our founding in 1985, MAZON has been committed to maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and security of personal information provided by current, prior and potential donors. Click here to read our full privacy policy.