Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew center helps fill Food Pantry shelves

From left to right: Social Action Committee member Zee Gamson, Armen Hanjian of the Island Food Pantry, Religious School students Sydney Jasny, Leah Isabelle Littlefield, Jack Crawford, Julian Herman, Gabriel Nadelstein and Rose Herman. — Photo by Sally Cohn

Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center religious school students this week delivered more than 120 grocery bags of food items to the Island Food Pantry as part of the annual High Holy Days Hunger Project, sponsored by the Hebrew Center’s Social Action Committee and Religious School.

During the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays, empty grocery bags donated by Cronig’s market are distributed to all those who attend services. A letter that desribes the Hunger Project requests that congregants return the bags filled with non-perishable food.

This year the Hunger Project began on Sunday, September 16, the start of the Jewish New Year and ended on Wednesday, October 10, when the bags of food were delivered to the Food Pantry.

Armen Hanjian, Island Food Pantry Coordinator, said this is the largest annual food donation the Food Pantry receives. According to Mr. Hanjian, because of the generosity of the Hunger Project donors, the Food Pantry will open its doors Monday, October 15, with the shelves well stocked.

The Island Food Pantry is located in the Methodist Church (Stone Church), at the corner of Church and William streets in Vineyard Haven. It is open from 2 to 4 pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.