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California Briefing / Los Angeles

Campaign to end hunger kicks off

September 18, 2009|Duke Helfand

On the eve of the Rosh Hashana holiday, Jewish leaders launched a campaign Thursday to end hunger in the city by rallying individuals and congregations around the cause.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and other groups are promoting the "Fed Up With Hunger" drive by placing 40,000 information packets and reusable grocery bags in more than 50 synagogues during this weekend's celebration of the Jewish new year. Rosh Hashana begins at sundown today and continues through Sunday.

The activists are asking Jews to volunteer at food banks or pantries, organize neighborhood food drives or donate food or money to turn Los Angeles into a hunger-free zone.

The federation is running the campaign with the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program and MAZON, a Los Angeles group that funds hunger-relief agencies in the United States and abroad.

-- Duke Helfand

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