US Chesed News

GIFT and the US Collaborate to Help Put Food on the Table
Date Uploaded: 
Tuesday 14th July 2015

Last Sunday marked the 3rd year of the partnership between Charity GIFT and the United Synagogue’s Project Chesed.  Once again, they worked together under the ‘GIFT US Food’ banner to organise a massive food collection day across London, raising much needed food for local Jewish families needing assistance. 

This year 18 United Synagogue communities participated in this project and collections were made outside eight shops. In addition, collections were also made at two schools, Mathilda Marks Kennedy School and Etz Chaim School.

Hundreds of people got involved in the project, whether it was by dropping food off at their local synagogue, manning the stalls outside local shops or buying an item that could be given to a family in food poverty. £5000 of food was collected and will be distributed by GIFT to almost 2000 people across London who receive weekly food parcels and practical help from the charity.

Where items are collected that are not suitable for Jewish clients, GIFT send these items to local homeless shelters so it is both the Jewish community and the wider community that benefits from this collection.

Members of Mill Hill US donating food

Michelle Minsky, Head of US Chesed said: “The US are delighted to work again with GIFT on this meaningful project, which provides real assistance to those who need it. We know that times are tough right now and we will continue to do all that we can to help people who are in need.”

Michelle Barnett, Director of GIFT commented: “It was heart-warming to see how many volunteers turned out in support of this joint initiative, together with so many shoppers who were glad for the opportunity to give to others less fortunate!”