Temple Israel is continuing our partnership with The Hilltop Community Worship Center. They are doing many things to reach out into their neighborhood, but a significant one is their Community Kitchen offering a free meal on Wednesday evenings & Saturday afternoons.
Not surprising, the # of individuals and families coming in has increased > 500% since we started in April 2017, some nights handing out nearly 160 meals, many to children. We've committed to having 3-6 representatives from Temple Israel help every Wednesday from 5:30 - 8:00 PM (come by 5:15 if you can).
What to expect: The church is located at 2622 Sullivant Ave. Park in the gated lot to the left of the church, or drive around the block and park on Burgess Ave right near the side door. Knock loudly on the side door if a Deacon or the Security Guard aren't outside waiting for you (we've had to wait a couple of minutes but no worries, you're on a busy street)*. At 7:00 each evening there's a Prayer Service so many congregants stop and say hello and thank you. Their members are filled with smiles and hugs. *Any issues when you arrive you may call Lisa Lavalas, 614-204-2496
Lisa is very organized and typically has part of the meal started when we arrive and we help prep the rest...never a boring moment getting the doors open by 6:00. I try to arrive for my shifts by 5:15 for a little more prep time. We greet people as they come in, serve their meals, speak to congregants and clean up before leaving. Expect to be out of there no later than 8:10 (serving hours are posted as 6:00-8:00).
Many of us have committed to one Wednesday a month and we hope you will sign up at for one or more Wednesdays. When you have a good experience, as we did, tell your friends and families. B'nai Mitzvah prep-age and up can certainly help.
PS. We are grateful to have been awarded a Lurie Micro Grant in September 2019 to support paper supply needs for the next year (2019-2020)! We have secured wholesale pricing for paper supplies so bringing is no longer necessary. It costs approximately $527 per month for everything from plates & to-go containers, to wrapped utensils & foil. Our goal now will be to raise enough funds for next year's (2020-2021) paper supplies by requesting that you consider donating to the Social Action Fund-Hilltop Community Kitchen at https://www.templeisrael.org/give-to-ti.
2622 Sullivant Ave, Columbus OH 43204
|| Liz Plotnick-Snay