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In COVID-19 era, Project Isaiah food drive focusing on monetary donations

Project Isaiah, the Jewish community’s annual High Holidays food drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, begins Sept. 14 and continues through Oct. 2.

Coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, this annual effort evokes the memory of the prophet who, when asked why we fast on Yom Kippur, responded, “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry?” (Isaiah 58:6).

Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the local economy, community demand at the food bank has doubled from pre-pandemic levels.

To help safeguard the health of all in the community, the focus this year is on monetary donations. For every $2 donated, the food bank can provide seven meals to children, seniors, and families in need. Donations can be made at https://www.jfsa.org/ways-to-give/project-isaiah.

If donating by check, make check payable to JFSA and mail to Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 3718 E. River Road, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85718. JFSA will direct 100% of Project Isaiah funds to the Community Food Bank.

Synagogues and most Jewish agencies will not be collecting food donations this year.

However, the Tucson Jewish Community Center has agreed to serve as a collection point. The J will accept donations of non-perishable food items, Monday-Friday, 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., beginning Monday, Sept. 14 through Friday, Oct. 2.

To drop off food, enter the J’s carpool line and wear a mask when entering. A member of the Tucson J staff will greet you and take your temperature. As long as you are fever free, the J staff member will take the non-perishable items out of your car and ensure they are placed in a bin indoors, which will be picked up by the food bank.

For more information, call the Federation at (520) 647-8400 or the J at (520) 299-3000.