Providing Greens to Those in Need
The Biblical story of Ruth is one of suffering, hunger, love, pride, and inclusions.
Ruth the Moabite, after losing her husband, joins her mother in law and converts to Judaism.
Living in complete poverty, Ruth joined the other women who walked behind the farmers collecting what has fallen from their carts and gleaning from the fields. WE are commanded that anything that falls off is left for the poor to pick up. Ruth was different from the other women, she did not grovel or fight for food. She held her head up high and waited patiently. This act was noticed by the landowner, Boaz, who decided he was going to marry her.
In many places, the Torah commands us to feed the hungry and to provide food for those in need. As the prophet Isaiah says “share your food with the hungry”, and that is exactly what NCSY Teen Relief Missions is trying to do.
NCSY Teen Relief Missions is dedicated to fulfilling the commandment of “share your food with the hungry”. We are partnering with many farms and organizations nationwide in order to accomplish our goal and to be able to provide fruits and vegetables to those who cannot afford it.
There are so many people living across the country who are struggling with food insecurity and facing hunger everyday:
- Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 54 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including 18 million children (Feeding America).
- In 2018, 14.3 million American households were food insecure with limited or uncertain access to enough food (Feeding America).
- Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. In 2018, more than 11 millions children lived in food-insecure households (Feeding America).
- Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support (Feeding America).
Many studies have shown that people of color have suffered more from COVID-19 than others. One of the explanations for this, is that they have weaker immune systems due to the fact that they cannot afford vegetables. Studies have also shown that kids who eat better, feel better, and do better in school. Therefore, they have a better chance of attending college and leading a successful life.
In the past 10 years we have partnered with many organizations to help feed those in need.
We have worked on farms and planted community vegetable gardens in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, California, New York, and New Jersey.
Now more than ever before there is a growing need to provide healthy food.
We have partnered with:
- Greenlight New Orleans
- Chefs for Puerto rico
- World Central Kitchen
- Hike for Katreena
- NOLA Tree Project
- Houston Food Bank
- First Harvest
- Houston Civic Center
- Coastal Roots