“This is the fast I want – share your food with those who are hungry!”
(Isaiah 58)

Everyday, families in our own neighborhood go hungry. On our one day of fasting, we follow the Jewish tradition of denying ourselves food.  Many of our neighborhood’s families do not have this privilege of choice.  But, we can make a difference!

This year, our High Holy Days  Food Drive will support the Backpack Buddies mission of filling “backpacks” with 6 weekend meals to send to the children and their families of our partner organizations at the LSA Family Health Services (LSA) and Association to Benefit Children at the Graham School (ABC) 

ABC-The Graham School  https://www.a-b-c.org/early-childhood 

LSA-After School Program  https://littlesistersfamily.org/programs/k-5-enrichment/)

We also provide an Emergency Food Pantry for the Scholars in the NCS SCHOLARS program.

Backpack Buddies is funded 100% by donations and fundraisers run by our dedicated teen congregants. Without the generosity of donors to buy the food, we could NOT have a Backpack Buddies Program.

How can I help?

Order shelf-stable food to fill the backpacks from Instacart or Costco or Amazon.  Click on the store name for the lists of needed items. 

Orders should be scheduled for delivery from SEPTEMBER 18 through OCTOBER 6. 

Send the order to: 

Lori Stage/Backpack Buddies
℅ Temple Shaaray Tefila
250 E. 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

You can also make a gift to Backpack Buddies, Soup Kitchen and/or Sandwich Saturday.  Be sure to select the program from the dropdown menu. Click HERE to donate

During this New Year 5784, may we all couple our Yom Kippur fast with meaningful actions to better the world.  Let us commit to addressing food insecurity in our community.