SPRINGFIELD – The Teen Board of Rachel’s Table of Western Massachusetts will present a Hunger Awareness ArtsFest on Sunday, March 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
The Basketball Hall of Fame provides a unique setting as the teens present music and dance performances, art exhibits and CAN-struction sculptures highlighting issues of local hunger. The event showcases the talents of local teens from more than 15 area schools.
Rachel’s Table is a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts & 22News/WWLP.com. Recognized as Outstanding Young Philanthropist Group of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Teen Board of Rachel’s Table works to alleviate childhood hunger and educate youth about hunger issues in our community.
Teen Education grants from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation have enabled the board to expand each year. The members have the opportunity to grow and learn to become the future philanthropic leaders of the community. There are now more than 70 teens represented from across Hampden County.
Last June, the teens raised more than $29,000 to alleviate childhood hunger and to educate youth about hunger at the second biennial Outrun Hunger. The teens also planned the Rachel’s Table Foodraiser raising more than $12,000 worth of food donations in one morning. They play a key role in the Backpack Program, organized by the Holyoke Public Schools, providing weekend food to homeless children. They volunteer at soup kitchens, go on gleaning trips, cook with residents of both Jewish Lifecare Services and Heritage Hall and donate the food they cook to our agencies, to name just a few more of their activities.
The Hunger Awareness ArtsFest is open to the public. Please bring a donation of non-perishable food. Refreshments will be served.