What is Challah for Hunger? How does it work?
Challah for Hunger is a national organization with chapters present on many college campuses. The mission of the organization is to fight world hunger and raise awareness of the issue. The members of the club bake challah on campus once a month and then sell it, donating all proceeds to various hunger charities. Half of the money is sent to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and the other half is donated to a local soup kitchen in Durham. Starting this year, the club will also be volunteering at a local food pantry once each semester.
What inspired you to start the chapter at Duke?
I had heard about Challah for Hunger through friends at other schools and thought it seemed like a fun way to give back to the community. I am so glad that we started the chapter at Duke because it has allowed me to form new relationships with both new Jewish and non-Jewish students on campus, as well as serve the local and global community. It is a great way to relax and bake while also making a difference.
What organizations benefit?
The Challah for Hunger national organization requires that we donate half of our proceeds to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Each semester we vote on a different local charity to donate the other half of our money. This semester we are working with Urban Ministries of Durham, a local soup kitchen.
What has been the response on campus?
We have been so fortunate to have had such an incredible response on campus! The Duke Student Government and Student Organization Funding Committee have been generous enough to donate all of the money we need for baking supplies, and the Duke Smart Home has let us come into their kitchen with open arms to bake. We are able to donate 100% of our proceeds to charity. Our club was founded just last year, and this year, membership has boomed with the incoming freshman; we have about 50 members. Each month we sell about 100 challah loaves in the Bryan Center, the main student union building on campus. We have consistently sold out of our challah and we are so thankful to the Duke community for buying our bread and helping us raise money for charity!
What are the most popular flavors of Challah you make?
Our most popular flavors are Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Chip! We also sell plain challah, and each month we try and come up with a âFlavor of the Month.â In September, we sold Apples and Honey challah in honor of Rosh Hashanah.
What are you studying at Duke? What are your plans post-graduation?
I am so sad to be leaving Duke, and my position as President and Founder of Challah for Hunger, at the end of this year! I am a Neuroscience Major, and Chemistry and Psychology minors. I am so excited to say that next year I will be going to Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City!