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 2015, CBHT raised over $2000 for 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 sometimes participates in assembling MANNA Packs on the first Friday of the month.As MANNA says, “Together we can solve hunger.”

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  • 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 ..Read morechallenging 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 organic garden
  • Host the annual “Souper Bowl” to highlight nutritious eating and raise funds for Tikkun Olam projects
  • 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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