Again this year, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester held a very successful High Holy Days food drive for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Each congregant was given a large paper shopping bag with a basic list of “most-needed” foods, and asked to fill it with non-perishable foods. Below the list was a verse about helping others, one of which read, “If…there is a needy person among you…do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kin. Rather, you must open your hand and lend whatever is sufficient.” (Deuteronomy 15:7-11)
Food was collected until Yom Kippur, and loaded into a large truck, donated by Sandy Seidman, member of the congregation and owner of Safety Zone. CBSRZ organizers Andy Schatz and Debby Trautmann, with the help of SSKP pantry volunteers, unloaded the truck full of food into the Old Saybrook Pantry, where it was weighed and sorted for distribution to local residents in need.
This year the total weight of the food collected was 2,718 pounds!
“We are truly grateful to the congregants at CBSRZ who collect such a large donation of wonderful food every year to feed those in need,” said Patricia Dowling, Executive Director of SSKP. “Hunger is real along the shoreline, and we are so thankful to have the support of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek.”