Hundreds of volunteers to take “Community Challenge” throughout LA

LOS ANGELES — The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers in a community-wide day of activities as part of its ongoing effort to fight hunger in L.A. through its Community Challenge on Sunday, June 13th.

“One of our Federation’s main priorities is combating poverty in both the Jewish and broader communities,” said Jay Sanderson, President of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. “That’s why it’s critical that we engage the entire community to help us address our city’s hunger crisis in a major way.”

Volunteering opportunities include sorting donated food at food pantries, collecting fresh produce at local farmers’ markets, planting community gardens, preparing meals and much more. Community members can choose from nearly two dozen activities taking place throughout the area from the West Valley to East Los Angeles and everywhere in between. All the information can be found by clicking on the Community Challenge icon on the Federation’s website: or going to

“We picked 6/13 for our Community Challenge because it corresponds to the 613 mitzvot (good deeds) in the Torah – and feeding the hungry is one of them,” said Sanderson. “Whether you are interested in providing a meal to those in need, advocating for greater utilization of government programs or getting your hands dirty with a gardening project, we have a volunteer opportunity for everyone.”

Beyond the Community Challenge volunteer day, The Jewish Federation supports programs throughout the year to feed people and raise awareness of the hunger crisis through its own Fed Up with Hunger initiative, as well as through those of its community partners. Like many of the programs Federation supports and funds, they benefit both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of Greater Los Angeles.

Who: The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
What: Community Challenge: A Day to Help the Hungry in L.A.
When: Sunday, June 13th, 2010 – All Day
Where: Numerous locations throughout Los Angeles.

Information can be found by clicking on the
Community Challenge icon at or going to