Join the Food Stamp Challenge and Taking Action: Combat Hunger in Minnesota

Programs led by Rabbi Amy Eilberg in Minneapolis and St. Paul: On November 11, 2012, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, the Jay Phillips Center’s interfaith conversations special consultant, facilitated “Join the Food Stamp Challenge” at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis and a nearby Cub Foods.  Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious and community leaders shared insights from their traditions about caring for the poor, and they shopped for $31.50 worth of groceries per person, the weekly national average amount allocated to the poor through SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program of the federal government.  On November 18, participants in the Food Stamp Challenge came together for a meal at The Family Place in St. Paul and for “Taking Action: Combat Hunger in Minnesota” at First Baptist Church in St. Paul to discuss the week’s experience and how to combat hunger in Minnesota.  The Jay Phillips Center sponsored these programs in collaboration with the following fifteen congregations and organizations: Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Beth El Synagogue, Beth Jacob Congregation, Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, Islamic Center of Minnesota, Islamic Resource Group, Jewish Community Action, Jewish Community Relations Council, Justice and Witness Team of the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ, Minnesota Council of Churches, Minnesota FoodShare, Minnesota Rabbinical Association, Muslim American Society of Minnesota, Northwest Islamic Community Center, Saint Paul Area Council of Churches.