Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national organization fighting to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.
Mazon | A Jewish Response To Hunger
There is no invisible line marking the boundaries of need. Hunger has not one face, but multiple. MAZON channels support from the Jewish community to end hunger in every community — a recognition that struggle is universal, and that human connection runs deep.
Ending hunger means working toward systemic change.
We advance policy solutions that confront hunger's root causes, particularly for populations and problems that have been previously overlooked or ignored. This includes hunger among military families, veterans, single mothers, Native Americans, and LGBTQ seniors.
“I barely make ends meet. I don’t use the lights during the day, and I don’t buy as much food as I’d like.”
“Feeding my young grandson properly is the priority, so I have to find things that I know fill me up.”
“I’m doing all I can and serving my country, and I have to worry about how I’m going to buy food?”
“Eating better has really changed my life. I used to be on about eight medications. Now I'm only taking two pills.”
“If sickness comes along, it can drain all your money in one day. That’s what happened to me.”
MAZON Makes Emergency Grants to Address Food Insecurity in Israel
In the immediate days following October 7th, MAZON made an emergency investment of $100,000 to support marginalized communities facing food insecurity in Israel. Since its founding nearly 40 years ago, MAZON has been working to address hunger in Israel by advancing responsive, long-term government policies. It leads an anti-hunger policy coalition of 16 Israeli organizations to raise awareness, shape public discourse, and create an infrastructure for policy change.
Challah for Hunger™
This program employs an innovative philanthropic model of bringing together groups around the tradition of baking and selling challah, donating the proceeds to the fight to end hunger locally and nationally. Challah for Hunger develops leaders committed to social justice, engages them in an understanding of the realities and complexities of hunger in America, and guides them to realize and actualize long-term solutions to end hunger.
The Hunger Museum™
The Hunger Museum™ tells the fascinating story of the last 100+ years of hunger and anti-hunger public policy in the United States. Because it’s completely virtual, you can engage with our immersive and interactive exhibits anytime, from anywhere, to learn about the political, economic, and cultural story of the expansion and dismantling of the American social safety net. Explore the galleries, stay awhile at the SNAP Café, and leave your wish for a more just world at the Wishing Tree.
Urge Congress to protect SNAP and lift up other MAZON priorities in the 2023 Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is one of the most transformational pieces of legislation that Congress regularly reauthorizes, and it is up for renewal this year. In addition to authorizing SNAP (food stamps) and other federal nutrition programs that serve tens of millions of Americans each year, the Farm Bill presents a unique opportunity to advance long-overdue policy solutions to the food security challenges of many special populations that MAZON prioritizes. Take action now.
MAZON, whose programs include Challah for Hunger on dozens of colleges and universities, expressed deep concern about rising antisemitism on college campuses across the U.S. Read more.
“This is an embarrassment. We ask so much of these people (military families) and we pay them so little. And then we deny them the SNAP benefit,” said Josh Protas, vice president for policy at MAZON, a national group long active in low-income food assistance.
MAZON praised the U.S. House and Senate for passing a stopgap funding bill to avoid a government shutdown, which would have prevented millions of Americans from receiving life-saving food assistance. Read more.