JFCS of Southern Arizona’s 2017 Matza & More project again will serve 200+ families in need
Matza & More volunteers will pack and deliver 200+ Passover bags to Tucson-area families who otherwise could not afford food and other items for a seder. This year, bags will be filled by volunteers on March 31, 2017 with fresh vegetables, gefilte fish, horseradish, walnuts, grape juice, matzo ball soup mix, food gift cards, holiday candles, and, of course, matza. Another group of volunteers will deliver the bags to families on April 2, 2017.
Donations from synagogues and individuals make the project possible, which has helped families alleviate hunger and celebrate Passover for more than 40 years. Other contributors include the Tucson Hebrew Academy, Shamrock Foods, and author Robert Kopman whose “30-Minute Seder” Haggadah is distributed with the food.
“The Haggadah says, ‘All who are hungry come and eat, all who are needy come and participate in Passover.’ Matza & More volunteers and donors make that possible for people who are struggling in some way,” said Rabbi Helen Cohn from Congregation M’kor Hayim. “Imagine the feeling when someone opens the door for a volunteer bringing a seder to them. It’s like opening the door for Elijah!” Congregation M’kor Hayim has contributed to the JFCS Matza & More program for six years.
2017 Matza & More Partners
Matza & More is part of the Jewish Emergency Financial Services (JEFA) program at JFCS of Southern Arizona. Because kosher food is more expensive and anything extra is unaffordable, food for a seder is out of reach for JEFA families.
“There is great need,” says Debbie Crowder, JFCS’s JEFA Manager. “People sometimes have to choose between buying medications, paying another bill, or buying food. They struggle all year and Matza & More allows them to enjoy the holiday with traditional kosher foods.”
Throughout the year, JEFA offers help with utility payments, work-related transportation, funeral costs, and housing costs, including deposits, rent, safety-related repairs and moving. “We are creative in the way we help people,” says Crowder.
JEFA also administers the Mitzvah Magic program for recipients each year. JEFA is funded by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and individual donors.
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