Food Justice

The Food Justice working group focuses on food initiatives.

Our Garden Girlmission: to connect Judaism and food choices to promote  healthier and more sustainable life styles and that support those who struggle with food insecurity.
Our Projects:

  • Educate and advocate to prevent and eliminate food insecurity
  • Collect food and donations for Asheville MANNA FoodBank and more
    MANNA FoodBank collects, stores, warehouses and distributes food to MANNA accredited non-profits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. The partner agencies then distribute the food directly to families in their community according to their individual programs. CBHT works with MANNA to collect food and donatigarden potatosons. During the High Holidays congregants are given grocery bags or donation envelopes to encourage participation in the food drive. Congregants are encouraged to consider gifts during the rest of the year to honor special mitzvot through contributions to Manna or Mazon, the Jewish food relief organization. The local MANNA receives regular grants from MAZON, enabling the congregation to give in different ways to decrease hunger in our area. This year with the assistance from some wonderful Congregants during the High Holidays Food Drive 2016, CBHT raised enough for 6300 meals through MANNA FoodBank and Mazon. Significantly, MANNA is able to leverage a one dollar contribution into three MEALS for our neighbors in need throughout Western North Carolina. In addition, CBHT collected over 3000 lbs of non-perishable items for MANNA FoodBank! CBHT members are now engaged in a wonderful opportunity to do a real mitzvah for children of North Carolina, where one in four go hungry every day. Students who receive free or reduced lunch are given food packages on Fridays to take home in their backpacks which are designed to feed them over the weekend. The Tikkun Olam committee participates in assembling MANNA Packs on the first Friday of each month from 1-3pm. To participate in the MANNA volunteer team, contact Sandra Layton 778-5145. As MANNA says, “Together we can solve hunger.”click here to close
  • Help FEAST Asheville with supplies and food for their work with Buncombe County students. more
    The mission of FEAST Asheville is to empower youth and families to grow, prepare and enjoy fruits and vegetables through hands on cooking and garden education. Their philosophy is to increase exposure to gardening and cooking, alongside hands-on learning experiences connected to the Common Core Standards, to allow for increased academic learning and fostering a connection between school, home environment and personal nutrition. Students develop improved critical thinking skills and carry the knowledge of growing and eating healthy foods with them throughout their lives. FEAST classes focus on problem solving, communication and teamwork; Increasing fresh, locally grown produce in everyday living; gaining confidence by exploring different ways to prepare fresh produce; creating and changing recipes, substituting ingredients; Learning how food affects your brain and body; connecting to Core Curriculum and Essential Standards in math, reading, writing, science, health and nutrition. Let’s help FEAST Asheville get cooking with the kids!
  • Encourage substitution of flowers on the bima with beautiful food donations
  • Support a local Community Support Agriculture (CSA) including a gift share, distributed to needy recipients by Jewish Family Services
  • Create Healthy Oneg Guidelines to encourage healthy dishes and support for sustainable eating.
  • Promote local food Onegs challenging donors to provide dishes with at least one local ingredient and labeled to credit farm sources.
  • Label dishes at our events to promote the health and safety of our guests with food allergies/preferences
  • Encourage healthy snacking in our Religious School to promote food consciousness
  • Glean after all events, donating excess to assure food is not wasted
  • Arrange speakers from food justice related institutions
  • Promote our Temple Gan Chesed, Our Sacred Garden ..Read more

    Urban gardens are becoming more and more popular as people realize the benefits of growing food instead of grass. There are fewer pests and weeds to contend with within the city. Urban gardens provide more than just food to those who grow it. For example, gardens use less water than lawns, and the flowers provide a source of pollen for honey bees. The Garden Committee has done a great job maximizing the green space available on our Temple grounds. We have six raised beds, an apple tree, two fig trees, and an herb garden. Come walk through our herb garden. Take a snip, a sniff, maybe even a taste! The herbs are located to the right of the main doors as you enter the Temple. Each plant is labeled. Herbs are used for their medicinal properties, their culinary values, their fragrance, and even for religious ritual. The use of herbs dates back to biblical times. Remember the bitter herbs on your Seder plate? According to Mother Earth Living, 128 plants are mentioned by name in the Bible.

  • Host the annual “Souper Bowl” to highlight nutritious eating and raise funds for Tikkun Olam projects, each February.
  • Monthly meals at Veterans’ shelter more
    Six to eight volunteers prepare and serve lunch for up to a 100 homeless vets at the ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters and Inn on Tunnel Rd. at noon on the third Friday of the month. Serving lunch to the veterans is a rewarding mitzvah as it not only helps meet the nutritional needs of the men but also gives our volunteers a chance to interact with the veterans on a one-to-one basis. There are costs incurred in providing the meal which are subsidized by donations to our Tikkun Olam ‘Vets Shelter Fund’. To sign up to help with the meal, contact Hilary Paradise (
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