By Asha Prihar
Special to Shalom New Haven
This article was shortened and reprinted with permission from Asha Prihar of the Yale Daily News.
Students fed themselves and helped feed others during the Yale Challah for Hunger’s inaugural sale, which took place on Cross Campus on Feb. 9. All 59 of the freshly baked loaves, prepared by students in the Silliman College kitchen the evening before, were sold within half an hour.
Challah for Hunger, a national nonprofit organization that aims to fight hunger both locally and worldwide, has more than 80 chapters across American college campuses. Half the proceeds from each sale go to Mazon, a national Jewish nonprofit that responds to hunger issues through policy work and advocacy. The other half benefits the New Haven–based Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. The bake sale raised more than $260. Given the success of the first sale, the chapter plans to host more of them either once or twice a month. Yale chapter founder Gabby Deutch ’18, who became familiar with the organization through her sister’s involvement with its Vanderbilt University branch, said beginning a chapter at Yale represents a way to get involved in “something social justice–oriented” in her final semester of college “in a Jewish way.” She heads the organization with Ruth Schapiro ’19 and Zoe Posner ’21. Schapiro, who bakes challah regularly with the Sisterhood of Chabad at Yale, said it is great to see people bake challah to benefit charity and she hopes Challah for Hunger will inspire people — whether Jewish or not — to venture outside the Yale bubble. Many younger students, who heard about the organization from the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale emails and through Facebook, have expressed interest in getting involved, Deutch said.
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