2017-06-02 / Faith

Synagogue buys, donates food truck


A GOOD DEED—Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield presents a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles to Calabasas resident Sarah Steinhauer, 13, at Congregation Or Ami’s Food Forward truck unveiling May 12 in Calabasas. Sarah donated a portion of her bat mitzvah money to help buy the food truck. Food Forward is a nonprofit organization that collects the fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard trees, orchards, farmers markets and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and redistributes the food to those in need. 
DIANNE AVERY/Acorn Newspapers A GOOD DEED—Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield presents a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles to Calabasas resident Sarah Steinhauer, 13, at Congregation Or Ami’s Food Forward truck unveiling May 12 in Calabasas. Sarah donated a portion of her bat mitzvah money to help buy the food truck. Food Forward is a nonprofit organization that collects the fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard trees, orchards, farmers markets and the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and redistributes the food to those in need. DIANNE AVERY/Acorn Newspapers Congregation Or Ami recently purchased a food truck and donated it to Food Forward, a nonprofit organization that collects fresh fruits and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market.

All of the produce that Food Forward recovers is given to hunger relief agencies across eight counties in Southern California.

The food truck donated by Or Ami will recover over 6-million pounds of food each year, and serve over 97,000 people a month.

The truck was unveiled and donated at a special Parking Lot Shabbat Dinner event May 12 at the Calabasas synagogue.

The truck will begin gathering fruits and vegetables soon.

As part of a social justice program, Congregation Or Ami created a Buy a Truck to End Hunger campaign, which was fully funded through the congregation’s efforts.

The campaign also unlocked a $36,000 matching grant pledged by donors to support Or Ami’s community-based work.

This grant helped launch the congregation’s Caring Community Foundation that helps those affected by hunger and homelessness, special needs persons, addiction prevention, cancer survivors and at-risk youth.

For more information, visit www.orami.org or call Rabbi Paul Kipnes at (818) 880-4880 or email rabbipaul@orami.org.

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