Sun Youth would like to thank Federation CJA, and its “Tikun Olam Volunteers” program which visited various Jewish schools in Montreal on September 18th and 19th to collect non-perishable kosher food which the students brought as part of the “Feed the Truck” initiative. This was the fifth consecutive year of “Feed the Truck” and Sun Youth is proud to have such a vital partner in Federation CJA. With 20% of the Jewish population living below the poverty line in Montreal, the children who took part understand the importance of charity. The youngsters involved collected over 20,000 non-perishable kosher food items this year.
Later on in the evening of September 19th, the unpacking and repacking of all the food collected was done with the help of children and parents of the community who volunteered their time, which made everything run very smoothly. Participating schools included Akiva School, Beth Rivkah Academy, JPPS-Bialik, Hebrew Academy, Hebrew Foundation School, Azrieli Schools, Talmud Torah Herzliah, École Maïmonide, Solomon Schechter Academy and Académie Yéchiva Yavné.
The collected food will be redistributed to disadvantaged members of the community through various charities including Sun Youth. Thousands of pounds of food were collected for Sun Youth’s food assistance program which will go to feed hundreds of families over the coming month. Every month, the food assistance program provides food to over 2,400 low income families. Moreover, the organization has a collective kitchen to encourage food autonomy and security of its clientele. People can sign up to the collective kitchen by calling at 514-842-6822. The registrations for Sun Youth’s annual distribution of Christmas and Chanukah baskets have already started. It is possible to do so in person Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm at the organization’s Service Center located on 6700 Park Avenue – Suite 100, H2V 4H9, Montreal and no appointment is necessary. Proof of income and address and identification documents for all family members are required to make a registration.
Sun Youth is very grateful to all donors who contribute to its food assistance programs and particularly Federation CJA for its “Feed the Truck” initiative. A special thank you to the students of different schools and their parents for this generous gesture!
Students taking part in the 2019 “Feed the Truck” Food Drive. Photo: CJA Facebook page.