MAZON collaborates with diverse stakeholders to showcase what’s possible: a country built on compassion, mutual support, and meaningful opportunity. By reflecting on the world as it is, we create a vision of what it could be — one where those in need are supported, the powerful are held to account, and hunger is a distant memory.
Every year during Sukkot, we invite friends and family into our sukkah to enjoy a communal meal. Traditionally, we are taught to extend an invitation to the needy members of our community as well. Whether symbolically or more literally, Sukkot is the perfect time to share your hospitality and good fortune to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable among us, including the millions of Americans facing hunger. We hope you will utilize MAZON’s Sukkot materials and contact Paul Sherman, Senior Outreach Manager, with any questions.
Sukkot (the Jewish festival for harvest) and Indigenous People’s Day (to honor Native American cultures and histories) often fall closely in the calendar. As the Jewish community reflects on themes of harvest, scarcity, peoplehood, and food justice, MAZON invites you to learn more about — and join us in the movement to support — Indigenous food sovereignty.
How will you nourish your community? The Tree of Life is a powerful symbol, representing all that sustains us. As we start this year, every person should share in our abundance — every person should have enough to live a life of dignity. We invite you to incorporate this activity in your sukkah. Please print the materials and answer the prompts to fill your tree with abundance.
Your community can help end hunger.
Many of us participate in food drives during the Sukkot season to help to those facing hunger locally. Please consider taking this one step further by fundraising for MAZON's work to change the systems and policies that allow hunger to persist.
Sharing stories of people struggling with food insecurity is a powerful way to help your community better understand the realities of who is hungry in America today and why. Honor the tradition of welcoming ushpizin (guests) into your sukkah by printing stories of real people facing hunger. Print and display these posters in your congregational or personal sukkah to spark conversations.
"I see stuff on TV that I want to eat. But we need to save our food stamps so they last us all month."
"It makes me feel terrible that I can't afford to take care of my health. I never imagined I'd get to this age and this would be my life."
"I thought that because I was born here, we’d have better opportunities, but that’s not how it is for me. I can stretch SNAP for three weeks, buying basics a little bit at a time."
"There was a period, before we got food stamps, when I was so hungry that it hurt a little bit in my stomach and kind of made me out of breath. If I am hungry in school, I can't focus a lot and I don't understand the lesson."
"I hope that the lawmakers in Washington know that when people in this country need food stamps and food pantries, it's not because they're lazy leeches on society - it's because it's the only avenue to them."
Hunger in America
Hunger is as prevalent as it is pernicious. Food pantries and distribution sites are vital emergency resources for people facing food insecurity, but charity alone cannot address the full scope of hunger in the U.S., and it was never designed to do so. Learn more about hunger in America and how we can work together to end it.
Make a gift to MAZON’s Spotlight Fund
Your partnership allows MAZON to be the national Jewish voice dedicated to fighting hunger, particularly for those facing hunger whose struggles are too often over-looked, disregarded, or discounted. Together, we have made a commitment to shine a spotlight on those issues and populations where larger organizations and the government have yet to turn their focus.
Your support of MAZON’s Spotlight Fund furthers this work, allowing us to fight to end hunger among military families, veterans, Native Americans, single mothers, LGBTQ seniors, the people of Puerto Rico and the territories, and all who struggle. Your gift today strengthens this mission and helps to build a community dedicated to ending hunger for everyone. Join us.