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 Free Meal Program.
Not surprising, the # of individuals and families coming in has increased > 500% since we started in April 2017, some nights handing out nearly 150 meals, many to children. We've committed to having 3-6 representatives from Temple Israel help every Wednesday from 5:30 - 8:00 PM.
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. Deacon Tyrone or a congregant will let you in (we had to wait 3 minutes or so, you're on a busy street so no worries)*. 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 8:00 (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 other friends and families. I think kids from B'nai Mitzvah prep-age and up could certainly help.
PS. Each week please bring any plastic grocery bags you can recycle for neighbors to carry to-go containers out. If you can bring a case of bottled water it would be greatly appreciated!
2622 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43204
|| Liz Plotnick-Snay