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April 16, 2014
Hunger Seders Aim to Raise Awareness of Food Insecurity
WASHINGTON – Members of Congress, White House delegates and representatives of Jewish social service agencies spoke out against hunger at the National Hunger Seder in Washington, D.C.
The April 9 event, which was organized by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, revolved around the traditional Passover seder message, “Let all who are hungry, come and eat.”
The event at the Capitol building was among 27 hunger seders being held across the United States. It featured a Haggadah that included four questions on food insecurity, particularly among the elderly. The 10 “plagues we see today are not punishment from God, but ones of our own doing — the awful unintended results of our own actions and creations,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow.
The plagues include “the grandmother who must choose between paying for medicine and paying for food” as well as “apathy, the greatest plague of all — the failure to make ending senior hunger a national priority.”
Abby Leibman, president and CEO of Mazon, said nearly 5 million American seniors struggle to put enough nutritious food on the table. “And unfortunately, that number is only projected to grow as 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day between now and 2020,” she said.