This article first appeared in The Detroit Jewish News on May 25, 2023.
At Oak Park’s Jewish Senior Life (JSL) campus on the afternoon of Sunday, April 30, generations were sandwiched together — literally and figuratively.
Packing Lunches with Love — an event presented by the Jewish Federation’s NEXTGen Detroit Volunteers, Repair the World Detroit, Moishe House Royal Oak and Reboot — was a mitzvah event that saw Jewish community members team up with JSL residents to prepare sandwiches to be donated to Detroit Community Fridge.
Detroit Community Fridge (DCF) is a grassroots organization and mutual aid project bringing food to those who need it. Located at five locations across Detroit, each fridge is outdoors, open and accessible 24/7. Anyone can make food for those in need, place it in one of the fridges, and those in need can pick it up whenever they want. The project started in August 2020 as a result of the pandemic.
The volunteer event allowed attendees to make sun butter (with allergy-laden individuals in mind) and jelly sandwiches for those in need, meet and connect with senior members of the Jewish community, and learn about food justice and Reboot’s legacy project, Beyond Bubbie.