AGAWAM – Rachel’s Table, a project of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and WWLP-TV22, invites the community to its upcoming fundraiser, Bountiful Bowls. The event will take place on Tuesday evening, May 17, at Chez Josef in Agawam.
This year’s Bountiful Bowls will honor the memory of Daydie Hochberg. Daydie was one of the charter members of Rachel’s Table, and was a steadfast volunteer from the organization’s inception until her death last year. To Daydie, no problem was insurmountable; she was always willing to work tirelessly until she found a solution. Her husband, Bruce, will share the honor. He, too, is a dedicated volunteer who always fills his car to the brim and delivers load after load of food to area shelters.
In addition to the Hochbergs, Bountiful Bowls will also honor John Davis and the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation. Their support has enabled Rachel’s Table to sustain its much-lauded gleaning program, in which groups of teenagers harvest the surplus produce from local farms and redistribute it to those who need it most. In addition to salvaging more than 10,000 pounds of produce, the program educates and inspires hundreds of teenagers each year. Co-chairing the event are Melissa Dane, Judy Yaffe and Carolyn Fitzgerald.
The evening will feature a kosher buffet, a silent auction, and the “Rent-a-Mensch” auction. The auction, hosted by local comedian David Rosen, is one of the most entertaining and anticipated parts of the program. “Mensches” this year include Red Sox announcer Carl Beane (and a personal tour of Fenway Park along with four tickets to a game), and Peter Rosskothen, owner of the Delaney House (and dinner for ten at his restaurant). Barry Krieger, News Anchor at WWLP-TV22, will serve as the emcee.
Rachel’s Table will publish an ad journal, featuring advertisements for local businesses, and personal messages of appreciation. Suffield Academy potters will once again fashion beautiful bowls for each attendee.
Last year, more than 90,000 people in Western Massachusetts depended on agencies that serve the hungry and homeless. In the greater Springfield area alone, nearly 50 percent of school-age children are “food insecure”- they aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from. In the past year, Rachel’s Table has seen an increase of 20-40 percent in the number of people it serves.
Thanks to the generous support of local individuals and businesses, Rachel’s Table can meet these challenges head-on. Its donors enable the organization to purchase shelf-stable milk, protein products, nutritious snacks, produce and Thanksgiving food for our agencies. With the support of our community, Rachel’s Table is able to donate over 300,000 pounds of food a year.
To reserve a spot, please send a check for $54, payable to Rachel’s Table, to Rachel’s Table, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108, or call the office at (413)733-0084. The deadline for reservations is April 29.