WESTERN MASS. – During the COVID-19 crisis, Rachel’s Table, the hunger prevention program of the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., continues to deliver food through its partnerships with the Springfield Rescue Mission and the Salvation Army. as well as work on initiatives:
An Emergency Food Fund. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Rachel’s Table launched an initiative to get food to those in need. Rachel’s Table is partnering with local food businesses to purchase and deliver healthy basics such as protein and produce to the soup kitchens, pantries and newly established homeless shelters in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. With a generous gift from Steve and Alissa Korn, Rachel’s Table has sent essentials to 17 agencies it serves.
Feeding the Front Lines. Members of our community, initiated by Susan Goldman, have partnered with Rachel’s table to purchase meals for healthcare workers on the front line. Rachel’s Table’s first delivery went to JGS Lifecare. Rachel’s Table has also partnered with Fusion Cross-Media, a business that has been creating lawn signs supporting healthcare and first responders, and then donating to Rachel’s Table and its Feeding the Front Lines program. These signs help local businesses and help feed local community first responders. Goldman and friends have also begun a handcrafted mask initiative that also donates to the Feeding the Front Lines program.
Virtual 5k and non-competitive self-challenge. The Rachel’s Table Teen Board’s biennial Outrun Hunger has become a virtual race to get fit while you fight hunger. If you’ve got friends who run, walk, stroll with their baby carriages, walk up and down their stairs, ask them to participate; the challenge ends May 31. For more information or to register, go to https://rachelstablespringfield.org/programs-events/outrunhunger/