MAZON’s belief in the importance of advocacy serves as the foundation of our mission, because we believe that we will only succeed in ending hunger in our communities by creating and supporting systemic change.
Our first step in building an army of anti-hunger advocates is to educate our communities on the startling prevalence of food insecurity in our nation and the ways we can work together to improve our current situation.
- We create and share educational tools and activities for students of all ages – from pre-school to elder hostel.
- We visit partner synagogues all over the country to raise awareness about the issue, and we are always exploring new ways to engage and mobilize the Jewish community to advocate for effective hunger policies and programs.
- And we execute campaigns at the state and national level that are designed to help low-income families access the nutritious food they need to thrive.
MAZON Advocacy Projects
Because congregations and other Jewish groups play a unique role in their communities, they are an optimal catalyst to affect specific, timely, and winnable changes at every level of public policy.
MAZON Advocacy Projects (MAP) extend our emphasis on the importance of advocacy to our partner synagogues and their communities, helping each one grow into a powerful constituency that can effectively advance the interests and dignity of those who struggle to put food on the table. Learn more about our current Advocacy Projects.
Advocacy in Israel
For over 20 years, MAZON has been awarding financial grants to organizations in Israel to support their efforts to end hunger in the Jewish state. Recently, we initiated a new effort to assess the feasibility of strengthening MAZON’s impact on food insecurity among Israelis. Learn more about our Advocacy in Israel work.
MAZON Hunger Fellows Program
The MAZON Hunger Fellows Program gives bright Jewish leaders the training, Jewish context and resources they need to affect change on college campuses. By engaging in roundtable discussions with subject-matter experts, developing fundraising strategies and planning awareness and advocacy events, the MAZON Hunger Fellows will lead the way for Hillel student involvement in anti-hunger work. Learn more about our Hunger Fellowship program.
The New Face of Hunger Project
The New Face of Hunger is a dramatic educational photography exhibit that will influence how hunger is seen in America. The “face” of hunger is changing as middle class families drop into the ranks of poverty and hunger. MAZON feels compelled to address this growing issue by educating the Jewish community and others about the “new” face of hunger and rallying synagogues and individuals to advocate on behalf of the millions of Americans who face hunger daily. Learn more about The New Face of Hunger Exhibit.
MAZON/JCPA Hunger Seders
Dozens of cities and thousands of individuals across the United States host Hunger Seders to ensure no person in America goes hungry. Hunger Seder participants observe the ancient traditions of Pesach (Passover) in the context of a stark reality: that too many of our fellow Americans are still going hungry. The Seder serves a vital purpose and presents a call to action for the American Jewish community to end hunger America.
Hunger Seder Website | Haggadah | The Hunger Seder video from Jewish Federation of Cleveland |
Get involved today!
Join our army of advocates. You can find our current campaigns in our Action Center
Knowledge is power, so educate yourself about the prevalence of hunger.
Use our curriculum and activities to educate your community about the issue.
Get your congregation involved – learn more about synagogue partnership.