“Feed the Hungry” is one of the most successful of the Am Echad programs. Kudos to Steve and Jane Miller for making this a reality. The program relies on an all-volunteer cadre of shoppers, and then the volunteers cook every Wednesday. Over 450 meals are prepared each week for the mission in Far Rockaway and are distributed to people who require assistance. Without the volunteers, this program could not exist, and they and the Millers are the unsung heros of this effort. The program relies solely on donations, with an occasional grant also being awarded to the program. No Temple funds are used, and the program has supported the Temple by contributing, along with Men’s Club and Sisterhood, a large amount of the money needed to purchase the new stoves in the kitchen. In addition, the program supports local needy families with donations to local and county organizations, and even distributes unsold food from athletic events at CitiField. All of the participants rave about this volunteer effort to make sure that the needy have food on their tables.
– by Richard Braverman