March 17, 2015

Let All Who are Hungry, Come and Eat

By Erin Glazer
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Each year on Passover, before we tell the story of the exodus from Egypt, before we ask the four questions or drink our four glasses of wine, before we make a Hillel sandwich or recount the ten plagues, before any of this, we hold up a piece of matzah and we say:

Ha Lachma Anya.

This is the bread of poverty and persecution that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. As it says in the Torah, “seven days shall you eat matzot, the bread of poverty and persecution” so that you may “remember that you were a slave in Egypt.”

Let all who are hungry, come and eat.

Let all who are in need, come and share the Pesach meal.

At its most fundamental level, the Passover seder is meant to remind us that we know firsthand the suffering and degradation faced by those who are poor. We know the sharp pain of hunger, the slavery that is poverty and persecution. And we also know that this memory, this shared experience, compels us to act.

Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty.

17 million children face a constant struggle against hunger, and hungry kids can’t learn or grow to their full potential.

Let every hungry child come and eat, with a Reauthorized Child Nutrition Act that improves and expands school meals and summer, after school and childcare nutrition programs.

Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty.

Six million seniors face food insecurity and 35% of seniors must make the impossible choice between paying for food and paying for heat/utilities. Let every hungry senior come and eat, with a Reauthorized Older Americans Act that increases funding for Meals on Wheels and senior congregate feeding programs.

Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty.

49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table and feed their families.

Let every hungry family come and eat, with adequate funding for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Ha Lachma Anya. This is the bread of poverty.

This Passover, we say Dayenu.

We have had enough.

This year, we will work together so that all who are hungry can finally come and eat.


Ways to take action this Passover

Include MAZON Passover materials at your seder

Contact your elected officials to advocate on behalf of those who so desperately need our help.

Support MAZON's Passover campaign with a generous donation.