Mazon | A Jewish Response To Hunger

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A Jewish response to hunger is ending it for good.

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.

Our Mission

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.

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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.

This is Hunger

“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.”

Urge Congress to protect SNAP and lift up other MAZON priorities in the Farm Bill

The Farm Bill is one of the most transformational pieces of legislation that Congress regularly reauthorizes, and it is up for renewal. 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 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.

Learn more about these emergency grants.

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.

News & Events
Leading Anti-Hunger Expert Celebrates ‘Visionary’ Senate Farm Bill Proposal, Warns Against Partisan House Outline

“MAZON applauds the visionary and powerful proposals made by Chairwoman Stabenow for our nation’s nutrition safety net in her proposed Farm Bill reauthorization,” said Abby J. Leibman, President and CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Read more.

Key Members of Congress Join National Hunger Seder to Discuss Growing Food Insecurity

Last week, MAZON held its 15th annual National Hunger Seder on Capitol Hill, which brought together Members of Congress, government officials, and anti-hunger advocates to participate in Passover traditions while calling attention to food insecurity. Read more.

Beyond the Federal Budget: Hunger, Misogyny and the Absurdity of it All (Ms. Magazine)

Resistance to safety net programs like the expanded child tax credit, SNAP and WIC is rooted in racist, misogynistic, tired and offensive stereotypes that blame and shame people, rather than help them when they need it most.
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