Interfaith Free Food Distribution and Purim Celebration

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* February 24th

* 9:30 AM – 11 AM Food Distribution

* 11 AM – 1 PM   Potluck Lunch and Purim Celebration

* Holy Family Church


“Purim is celebrated with a public reading of the Book of Esther. Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king’s prime minister, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the book typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman’s name is read aloud.  The significance of Purim lies not so much in how it began, but in what it has become: a thankful and joyous affirmation of Jewish survival against all odds.

Matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor) are gifts given at this season to those in need so that they, too, can celebrate Purim with a special meal. Many communities have committed to participating in this important social justice aspect of the holiday.”

Edited from reformjudaism.org

This year we will join Holy Family Episcopal Church to assist with their 15 year old monthly food distribution of produce and dry goods.  On any given  distribution day, between 35-40 families come for free food.  If you consider an average family size of four, that means they help around 160 people each month.

Please arrive at 9:30 for set up and food distribution run from 10:30-11 AM.  Then we’ll help clean up and move to the sanctuary for potluck lunch and the Purim celebration from 11 AM – 1 PM

Donations are welcome.  If you would like to donate but can’t make it to the Purim event, there is a basket at the back of the sanctuary where you can leave donations for the produce distribution.  Holy Family will let Sue, the preschool director, know that CJC members might be dropping off donations during the week.

  • 7oz cans of Tuna, Costco sells them in 12 to 16 packs
  • Rice, get big bags of rice, we can break them down, Costco sells 25lb bags
  • Pinto Beans, get large bags of pinto beans, we can break them down
  • Canned chicken, Costco sells them in 6 packs
  • Black Beans, a favorite for many of the people we serve. Big bags are available a Smart and Final
  • Kraft Mac and Cheese, Costco sells them in 15 packs
  • 1 Gallon Ziploc bags, for breaking down large bags of beans and rice
  • Peanut Butter, for this, Safeway is the best bet for normal sized jars, as we can’t break this down like we can rice and beans; look for when peanut butter goes on sale for $2 a jar at Safeway
  • Other shelf stable food items, like canned fruit, beans, corn, tomatoes and tomato sauce, cake mixes, and more are very welcome.