NCJW Gives Back: November

November Issue:  Food Insecurity

This month’s service theme is Food Insecurity.  November is the month to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Yet as of now, Covid-19 continues unabated, and unfortunately we have been warned that the coronavirus pandemic will likely get worse this fall and winter.   Lack of resources, access, affordable prices, and isolation are all reasons so many people are experiencing food insecurity in these very difficult times.  Judaism teaches us that everyone has a responsibility to help those suffering from poverty.  We are taught to help by performing tzedakah, a form of social justice in which donors benefit from giving as much or more than the recipients.  Our goal is to help the most vulnerable among us.

Agency recipients:

Many food pantries have told us they are experiencing a real need for non-food as well as food items. Here is an opportunity for members and supporters to collect and donate to the three selected agencies we have chosen to partner with this November.

  • The Ark (Chicago)
  • Niles Township Food Pantry (Skokie)
  • Nuestro Center (Highwood)
Requested Non-Perishable Items, Requested Non-Food Items Requested Baby Products
Canned fruit and vegetables Toilet Paper Diapers (sizes 3-6)
Tuna Paper Towels Baby Shampoo
Jelly/Jam Regular Size Shampoo Baby Lotion
Cereal Regular Size Conditioner Baby Wipes
Oatmeal Bar and/or Liquid Soap Baby Food
Pasta & Pasta Sauce Lotion
Rice Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Applesauce Feminine Hygiene Products
Juice Boxes Laundry & Dish Detergent
Boxed Dairy & Non-Dairy Milk

Donation Information:

  • Kosher foods will go to the Ark.
  • Freshness dates on food items must be current (ideally 6 months out).
  • No breakable containers will be accepted.

We will be collecting these items on November 8th, 9th, 10th and 11thWe will have collection spots in Chicago and many suburban areas and hope one will be convenient for you.  If you are interested in donating, please supply your name and email address on the form below and the addresses of our drop-off locations will be sent to you via an email.

If it is not possible for you to get to a drop-off location, but still want to donate, please indicate that on the form below or send an email to communityservice@ncjwcns.org prior to November 8, 2020, and we will connect with you to schedule a pick-up.

We really appreciate any donation, no matter how small.  Your generosity will truly make a difference in people’s lives.