High Holidays hunger project recalls words of Prophet Isaiah

Asked why we fast on Yom Kippur, the prophet Isaiah responded, “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?” (Isaiah 58:6)

Each year, the local Jewish community honors Isaiah with the Project Isaiah High Holidays food drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

This year, the drive, which is coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, will be held Sept. 23 through Oct. 24.

Bagged food donations may be dropped off at any synagogue or Jewish agency. Most needed foods include canned meats and vegetables, soups, cereal, rice, tuna, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, powdered milk and nonperishable kosher foods.

Monetary donations, payable to JCRC, may be mailed to the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, attention Jane Scott, 3822 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718. With each donation of $1, the food bank can purchase $10 worth of food.

Organizations may schedule a date to volunteer at the Community Food Bank by calling Kristen Hershberger at 622-0525, ext. 204.

This year, as part of Project Isaiah, two groups in Saddlebrook will be collecting food and donations for the food bank at Catalina Community Services.

For more information, call Scott at 577-9393.