Stocking the shelves at Island Food Pantry

Students from the M.V. Hebrew Center delivered food to the Island Food Pantry on Wednesday, Oct. 12. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The High Holy Days Hunger Project, a food drive, is an annual project sponsored by the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center’s Social Action Committee and Religious School. During the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Holidays, they distribute empty grocery bags (donated by Cronig’s) to all those who attend services. Stapled onto the bags is a letter describing the Hunger Project and requesting that congregants return the bags filled with non-perishable foods.

According to Armen Hanjian, Island Food Pantry Coordinator, this is the largest annual donation received by the Food Pantry and it is because of the generosity of all our donors that the Food Pantry will be able to open their doors next month with their shelves well stocked.

This year the Hunger Project commenced on Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the start of the Jewish New Year, and concluded on Wednesday Oct. 12, when all the donated food (and money) was delivered to the Island Food Pantry by the students of the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.