2019 final statistics of the project indicate that our congregant volunteers delivered approximately 1,225 meals to 539 stops on Thanksgiving morning, with 80 driving routes. We raised a significant portion of the $10,000 cost of the meals from our congregants’ donations, and received a grant from Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix for the project.
This was the biggest one of these projects in our history – an increase over last year’s project of over 45% in the number of deliveries and 75% in the number of meals.
For over two decades, our congregation coordinated by a committee chaired by Jeanne Chanen has provided and delivered meals on Thanksgiving Day to homebound individuals and families, and once again, we are asking for your help. Our limited number of meal delivery volunteer positions typically fill up right away, so don’t wait to register! Families, including young children of all ages, are encouraged to participate in this mitzvah. This year, we will not be providing home baked desserts but instead are purchasing the desserts from Sprouts. Our partner agencies this year include About Care, Alzheimer’s Association, Arizona Agency on Aging, Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, The Opportunity Tree (FKA AZ Foundation for the Handicapped), Banner Olive Branch Senior Center, Duet, Foundation for Senior Living, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, The Joy Bus Organization, Maricopa County Human Services and Senior and Adult Services, and Valleylife, among others. Please sign up to deliver meals and/or sponsor meals with your Tzedakah!
There are two ways in which you can participate in this year’s project:
Give Tzedakah: The dinners we provide cost about $9 per meal. They are prepared by the Sprout’s Farmers Market on the north east corner of Tatum and Cactus. You can also donate any amount using the form below.
Delivering Meals: We are currently full of drivers and have gone to waitlist. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the Sprout’s Farmers Market (north east corner of Tatum/Cactus) any time between 7:30AM – 8:00AM on Thanksgiving morning. We will be ready with meals. You will be provided the addresses for your deliveries at that time. To be eligible to be assigned a delivery route, you must provide a cell phone number at which we can reach you on Thanksgiving morning.
We look forward to sharing in another wonderful Thanksgiving Mitzvah Project with all of you!
*Supported in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix