“This is Hunger,” a free interactive experience on wheels, is rolling into the greater Philadelphia area. The exhibit will be at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, in Elkins Park, PA, from March 5 through 9. Then it will be in Cherry Hill, NJ, at Temple Beth Sholom, from March 10 to March 13. The exhibit will be at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA from March 14 through March 16. The truck will be in Philadelphia at Temple Rodeph Shalom March 18 and 19.
The goal of the exhibit is to bring a greater awareness of the hunger crisis in our region and our country. The exhibit is free, and lasts about 45 minutes, but pre-registration is required. The exhibit is designed for youth and adults, ages 10 and above. Groups which are interested in attending are welcome. The exhibit is a great educational tool to stimulate family discussions about the issues of hunger in our society.
Visitors will be touched by hearing and seeing the accounts of those who face empty refrigerators and cupboards on a regular basis. The stories are poignant and moving, with the goal to ignite our community’s commitment to ending hunger once and for all.
To emphasize the enormity of hunger insecurity in our region and the importance of access to SNAP, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Human Services, Ted Dallas, will be speaking at the opening event on Sunday, March 5th at 2 pm at Keneseth Israel.
One in eight Americans experience hunger and 10% of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, residents are food insecure. This means they are not sure that they or their families will have enough food to eat. Over 54,000 individuals receive SNAP benefits (food stamps) each month in Montgomery County. This includes over 22,000 children, 4,400 seniors, and 13,900 disabled individuals. The remaining are adults, many of whom are working jobs that do not pay enough.
This exhibit was created and sponsored by MAZON, a Jewish Response to Hunger, a national hunger-fighting organization. Other hosts and co-sponsors of the exhibit include Act Against Hunger, an initiative of the MAZON Advocacy Project and the synagogues of the Old York Road Corridor, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Kehillah of Old York Road.
To sign up for the exhibit visit: http://thisishunger.org/the-tour/
or contact: Larry Kirschner 215-646- 0266