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.”
Urge Congress: Pass the Expanded Child Tax Credit Now
Policymakers have reached a new bipartisan agreement to expand the Child Tax Credit, which would provide critical support to millions of families facing poverty and hunger. If passed, this would help 16 million children whose families are currently ineligible for this federal assistance. While we continue to push for stronger and longer-term policy solutions to address hunger, the Child Tax Credit is a proven and powerful tool to lift families out of poverty. Congress must pass the Wyden-Smith tax plan as an important step forward. 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.
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.
MAZON and our partners were proud to lead this effort to fight against the discriminatory and unlawful Trump-era rules, and we will keep fighting for a society that lives up to our ideals of compassion, humanity, and freedom for all. Read more.
As part of its White House commitment, MAZON will pursue several strategies to improve food security and food sovereignty among Indigenous communities. These include new investments to promote Tribally-driven solutions to revitalize and advance traditional food systems and diversified economic development throughout Indian Country. MAZON will also work alongside Indigenous leaders to develop a new permanent exhibit in its all-virtual experience, The Hunger Museum™. Read more.
Along with other advocacy groups, MAZON first pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to simply ignore the housing allowance, arguing that the agency already had that authority. Three different administrations have disagreed with that idea, Protas said, so they tried to mandate the change through the 2018 Farm Bill. When that effort failed, the advocacy groups didn’t want to wait for the next Farm Bill, so they worked with their allies in Congress to design a new program. Read more.