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Every year at Passover, we affirm our obligation to care for one another by proclaiming the words "Let all who are hungry come and eat." This year, join MAZON in our work to end hunger in America by taking action and using the holiday resources provided below.

Hunger among Americans 60 and older is a growing crisis. One in seven seniors lives in poverty, and 4.9 million seniors struggle with hunger. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a lifeline for seniors, but many older Americans are not receiving this vital assistance. Three out of five seniors who are eligible for SNAP do not participate, meaning millions of seniors are missing out due to shame, stigma, and difficulty accessing services.

Why is it so hard to be older in America? Why are so many seniors aging into poverty? Why is it that when we talk about aging in America, we never talk about hunger?

On Passover, we honor our elders, our ancestors, and those who came before us. On all other nights, how is it that we allow seniors to go hungry? How can we fail to respond when our elders are suffering?

So this year, please join us as we again ask The Fifth Question: Why is this time of life different from all other times of life?

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Incorporate The Fifth Question into your Passover Seder 

Print The Fifth Question Haggadah insert and put a copy at each place setting. After the youngest person reads the four questions from the Haggadah, ask The Fifth Question and reflect on the question as a group.  

Help seniors get the support they need  

Take action by advocating for increased funding for nutrition support programs so that our seniors won’t have to endure the painful experience of hunger. Contact us for a downloadable version of the petition. Stay informed about MAZON’s efforts to defend critical nutrition assistance programs by signing up to receive our advocacy emails.

Organize a campaign in your community to raise awareness about senior hunger in America and what we can do to address it. (See downloadable resources below.)

Share your blessings 

Donate to MAZON. Give as much as you can or what you would have spent feeding one more person at your Seder table. 

Tell your story to the extended MAZON family. After your seder, email and tell us about your discussion or share your picture or story on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag us (@mazonusa). Your words might inspire others to take action and fight hunger themselves! 

Downloadable Materials

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2019 MAZON Hunger Seder Haggadah (pdf)
Fifth Question 2019 insert

Fifth Question Haggadah Insert (pdf)

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Quarter-page ad (pdf | jpg)

Passover Sermon Starters for Rabbis

Sermon Starters for Rabbis (pdf)
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Infographic - SNAP (pdf)

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Quick Facts About Hunger (pdf)
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Infographic - Hunger Stats (pdf)

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