Inside MAZON

A brother’s tribute to Leonard Fein

This past Sunday, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger marked its 25th Anniversary with a luncheon honoring its founder, Leonard (Leibel) Fein. It was a beautiful day in New York City, and the room was filled with guests eager to express their respect and sincere admiration for all that MAZON and Leibel have accomplished.

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MAZON at 25: Reflections From Our Founder

Were I to acknowledge all those here, and some not here, who deserve to be acknowledged on this festive occasion, I would by far exceed my time. But I cannot refrain from mentioning a few: my old friend, Ted Mann, our very first board chair; Lee Javitch, Ted’s successor as chair, the first person I

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Reflections From The Field

I just returned from the annual ANSA* conference, and I left impressed and inspired by this vibrant and evolving segment of the anti-hunger movement: community-based organizations that provide food and nutrition services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. These agencies came into existence in the 1980s at the height of the AIDS

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Shirley Sherrod, Black Farmers & MAZON

It would be an absurd overstatement to say that we were friends, but it is true that some 20 years ago, along with Irv Cramer, then the executive director of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, I spent the better part of a week traveling through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, a trip organized for us

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Team MAZON Bowls to Strike Out Hunger

In 2009, a group of Dallas young professionals started the Battle of the Jewish YP’s: Young Professionals Bowling League to bring Jewish young professionals together from across the Dallas Jewish Community. Last summer, the bowling teams were based on synagogue affiliation. This summer, bowlers were asked to choose their own teams and a Jewish organization

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Acting President Barbara H. Bergen Responds to LA Times Editorial on Global Hunger

Last week, the Los Angeles Times ran an editorial on the Obama administration’s response to the global food crisis, “The Starving Can’t Wait“. MAZON’s Acting President, Barbara H. Bergen, responded with the following letter, which also ran in the Times’ letters section yesterday: The Times has pinpointed both the need to combat global hunger and

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A Message from MAZON’s Chair

April 30, 2010 Dear Friend of MAZON: I just returned from MAZON’s board of directors meeting in Dallas, Texas and am pleased to bring you up to date on MAZON’s extraordinary achievements over the past year, and exciting plans for the near future. Despite an unstable economy, MAZON has been blessed with generous donors who

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An Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Dear Speaker Pelosi, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger has been in the vanguard of addressing hunger and food insecurity in the United States for the past 25 years. We are writing in strong support of reauthorizing Child Nutrition Programs this year. With your help, this Congress has committed to addressing critical economic and health

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At Passover, A Plea For The Child Nutrition Bill

When we sit down to our Passover seder tables, as a people we will proclaim that we remember the days when we were not free, when we lived under the yoke of slavery in someone’s else’s land. Then we will extend an invitation to all who are hungry to come and eat with us

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White House: Child Hunger & Obesity “Is An Epidemic”

As we ask The 5th Question at our home seders, and further educate ourselves at Child Nutrition Seders across the country, we find incredible support from the current administration as we strive to end child hunger. Last month, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke at a National Press Club Luncheon, where he reiterated that Child

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