Miami inter-generational Hunger Seder
12:15 PM Apr 23, 2013
On Tuesday April 3rd the Jewish Community Relations Council hosted the second annual Intergenerational Advocacy Seder. The program was made up of high school and college students, young adults and seniors, and integrated them into discussions. Overall I think that the program was a great success; there were over 50 people that attended. Putting together the program with Lori was challenging, but we were able to deliver an amazing Seder.
The Seder is a really important program that we have every year, and I would love to see it continue to grow and improve. In October of 2011, I participated in the Food Stamp Challenge -which challenges the participants to live on around 30 dollars a week for food. I had difficulty with the challenge, which in turn opened my eyes and made everything that I was learning about hunger and poverty seem more real. I understood what people go through everyday because they don't have enough money to buy a healthy meal. In the Seder we talked about different issues of hunger and poverty and what we as a community can do to help end it.
At the Seder I was seated with two seniors who shared their stories and views about hunger with me. I was able to listen and learn from them, the husband was a Holocaust survivor and he had a direct look into what being hungry means. During the discussion portion it was very interesting to see what their views and opinions were about hunger. They taught me various things, and I was able to share with them what SNAP does and how it benefits the United States. Also at my table was a staffer from Congresswoman Wasserman Shultz’s office, who had an insight on what goes on in Washington with hunger issues. Having all these different opinions and views at the Seder made the program more successful and informative.
This Seder also had another goal, we wanted to advocate for the needy so we made postcards for Congress. The postcards had room for the participants to fill in their own stories or thoughts about hunger and poverty. The hope is that these postcards can encourage law makers to give more help to the needy, and keep funding welfare programs that help millions. As we continue to advocate for the less fortunate, the Seder is one vital tool that will help bring an end to hunger.
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