Originally formed as Touro’s Hunger Action Committee, Nourish has grown into a movement at Touro to alleviate the hunger needs of our community.
According to recent statistics, New Orleans has the second highest rate of hunger in America. Twenty-three percent of our population struggles with food insecurity. This number includes hard-working adults and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food. The threat of hunger is very real. Often they must decide which to go without, food, or medicine.
Through weekly and High Holy Days food collections, Touro members have long provided canned and packaged foods to Second Harvest Food Bank and to our partners at The Broadmoor Food Pantry. These congregational contributions of non-perishable foods do help the hungry among us. We will continue to collect non-perishable foods on-going and encourage you to bring in your non-perishable food items each Shabbat and whenever possible. But we can, must, and will do more than collect food to make our New Orleans community more food secure.
We are SO excited to increase Touro’s efforts to be part of the solution in this community!
Employing cutting-edge, urban garden technology, a VertiFarms system, we grow fruits and vegetables and herbs all year round. We then bring our crop yield to the Broadmoor Food Pantry and they, in turn, distribute the fresh produce to the hungry individuals and families in our neighborhood, many of whom are diabetic or pre-diabetic in part because they cannot afford the fresh fruits and vegetables needed to sustain a healthy body. We need your help with the tending of the gardens and the harvesting of the crops.
Broadmoor Food Pantry
Touro Synagogue maintains a partnership with our neighbors at the Broadmoor Food Pantry, a food pantry that is in the Second Harvester network. We are neighbors helping neighbors and a portion of our weekly food collection goes to BFP. Help us fill our pantry here so that we can fill their pantry and they can help fill the stomachs of hungry individuals and families in our neighborhood.