Here at Forever Bamboo, we believe it’s important to Give Back to Our Community. To that end, we are heading up a food drive to benefit Temple Beth Sholom Mitzvah Meals, based in Santa Ana, California. Six years ago, Mitzvah Meals was established as a social action project by Temple Beth Sholom, a central figure in the Orange County Jewish community.
The program relies on donations from congregation members, small markets and caterers in the area for food donations. For example, they are blessed to receive generous donations from Trader Joe’s in Irvine and Mother’s Market in Brea. In addition to donations of food, donations of time are critical to the program’s success, as volunteer efforts are central to the program’s ability to prepare and distribute food to those in need. Every Sunday, two shifts of volunteers, under the coordination of Cheryl Escoe and the direction of kitchen manager Hollis O’Brien, come together and prepare the donated food to be dropped off for various meals. Prepared meals are donated to a variety of shelters in the area, including Casa Teresa, Isaiah House, WISE Place, Southwest Community Center, Grand Street, the Orange County Rescue Mission, and Western Service Workers in Santa Ana, California.
Each week, the Mitzvah Meals Website lists specific items the program is in need of. When asked how companies can help during the holiday season, O’Brien said, “Companies can send requests for the food items that we post and donate it to the Temple Beth Sholom food closet. We also receive financial donations which gives us access to purchase the food before Mitzvah Meals. It is important to get the word out to the community.”
Here at Forever Bamboo, we believe that it’s our responsibility to help bless the lives of those less fortunate than us. Program’s like Mitzvah Meals gives us the opportunity to expand our sphere of influence beyond our immediate neighbors and help others do the same. We invite you to help us have a successful food drive by bringing in nonperishable food items for donation to this program.
Please contact Cheryl Escoe for donations: Rdrnner43@aol.com