Community Partner Award Given To Vassar Temple by Dutchess Outreach

By Marian Schwartz

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Anyone who has been around Vassar Temple knows that “Vassar Temple Cares About Hunger.” At their 7th Annual Brunch, held at the elegant Grandview, Dutchess Outreach recognized our congregation for our efforts with their Community Partner Award.

Brunch award accepters

Vassar Temple began providing monthly meals for our hungry neighbors 30 years ago, in a project spearheaded by Emily Himelstein, the first meals being prepared in Emily’s home and served at the Temple. The project was rapidly moved to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and eventually to the “new” Family Partnership Center, where it still continues today under the aegis of Dutchess Outreach’s LunchBox. Our collection of nonperishable foods for food pantries including the pantry at Dutchess Outreach was transformed into the CanJam project by Nancy Samson, and now includes not only an ongoing food collection, but special seasonal food drives such as Trim-a-Thanksgiving, Turkey Trot, Souper Sale, Purim Pasta, Cereal Counts and Protein Plenty. Our Youth Group sponsors the yearly Yom Kippur Food Drive and all our rabbis over the years have led congregants in participating in the DCIC CROPWalk against Hunger. A dozen members of the congregation who are active in Temple social action efforts attended the brunch, and former LunchBox chairpersons Emily Himelstein and Jenny Krevolin accepted the award in behalf of the congregation. However, the award really honors each and every member of the congregation, without whom none of our projects could succeed.

vt award plaque  2013

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