Touro’s Hunger Action Initiative, Nourish, aims to help alleviate the hunger needs of our greater New Orleans community. According to recent statistics, in Orleans Parish alone, there are 88,170 food insecure people. This number includes children as well as 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. You can help Touro’s efforts to be part of the solution!
Our state of the art Vertical Garden, which lines the exterior walls of our building on Pitt Street, provides fresh and healthy produce for our neighborhood food pantry–sometimes as much as 70 pounds in just one harvest! The Broadmoor Food Pantry (BFP), an initiative of the Broadmoor Improvement Association, Broadmoor Community Church, and a Second Harvest member agency, distributes 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 also support Second Harvest directly by maintaining on-going collection bins for non-perishable foods. We encourage you to bring in your non-perishable food items each Shabbat and whenever you are in our buildings. Your donations help make our New Orleans community more food secure. The Broadmoor Food Pantry depends on Second Harvest’s distributions to provide food for their families in our neighborhood. Look for our focused drive each month to offer the foods they most need.
To learn more about the Broadmoor Food Pantry and what you can do to help, please contact Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin at [email protected]. To learn more about our Vertical Gardens or to help us harvest (one time or on-going) please contact Scott Saltzman at [email protected].
A Message from Our Friends at Broadmoor Food Pantry
“These donated items from Touro are precisely what have allowed the Broadmoor Food Pantry to move into a space of serving the community as a no-barrier food pantry. It gives us the flexibility to offer food to families who would not otherwise be eligible for the pantry, while also supplementing our ability to offer fresh produce that is local to New Orleans. We are incredibly grateful for Touro’s partnership and appreciate the consistency with which its congregation has supported us in meeting the expanded need we saw during the pandemic, when we doubled the size of the population served by our pantry from 250 to 500 households per month. Thank you, Touro, for caring for your Broadmoor neighbors!”