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How to: Rock Hunger Action Month with Repair the World

September is Hunger Action Month -30 days dedicated to fighting against hunger in our communities. It is also the month of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the two most sacred days on the Jewish calendar. Coincidence? Maybe. Opportunity? Definitely.

This year, in conjunction with Hunger Action Month, Repair the World’s Inspire Service campaign is focusing on food justice. Throughout the high holidays, September 13-23, we and our amazing team of movement leaders are cooking up all kinds of events and opportunities to help people make our food system healthier, more sustainable, and more just.

There are tons of events going on, from garden plantings at local schools, to delivering for Meals on Wheels, to volunteering on an urban farm. To get you psyched, here’s a snapshot of four events working with food banks in Feeding America’s national network. Food banks play a huge role in closing the hunger gap. They provide people in need with nourishing food and support when they need it most. Here’s how you can help:

San Francisco: On Sept 16, volunteer at the San Francisco Food Bank warehouse, sorting and packaging food to be distributed to food pantries across the city.

Kansas City: On Sept 10, help food pantry clients shop for Rosh Hashanah in the Jewish Family Services food pantry.

Pennsylvania: On Sept 24, help stock the West Chester Food Cupboard, a food pantry based in West Chester, PA.

North Carolina: On Sept 17, volunteer to help sort, inspect, and pack food for distribution at the Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, NC.

Don’t live near one of the events listed above? Don’t fret. Check out this nifty map to find an event in your community, and help Repair the World Inspire Service this September and beyond!

Check Out The (Brand New) Repair the World Workshop!

It is an exciting moment in Repair the World’s world. Last week we launched our NYC Communities program in Brooklyn.

In addition to gearing up for the nine full-time fellows who will join the Repair the World team this fall (serving on the education and food justice fronts in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights community), we *also* officially unveiled the Repair the World Workshop – an 1800 square-foot storefront that will serve as a hub for volunteering, social justice, and building bridges with neighborhood residents.

The space has already housed some great pilot programming, from our Cocktails with a Conscience happy hour series, to social justice themed Shabbat dinners in partnership with One Table, and educational events in partnership with community organizations. Going forward, it will be the home base for the fellows, of course, but will also be open to our partners and neighbors as a place to work, meet, host events, and network. After all, one of our main goals is to identify partners in the community who utilize volunteers to meet pressing local needs. What better way to do that then to give folks a place to meet, strategize together, and begin to build relationships?

As a wise man once said (or rather, as Kevin Costner once heard while standing in a corn field) “If you build it, [they] will come.” Well, we’ve built it. So if you’re in Brooklyn, come on down, pop in, and say hi! You might just change the world.

And if you want to join in the fun (and the movement), we are still accepting applications for fall NYC community fellows. Click here to learn more and apply.

How Did You Turn the Tables on MLK Day?

Pardon us while we kvell for a minute here, but MLK Day weekend was completely awesome. All over the country, people spent the day showing up and pitching in – volunteering in their communities to celebrate the legacy and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Repair the World was no exception. Our Turn the Tables campaign inspired more than 120 hosts and 1,000 guests to sit down for a Shabbat dinner to discuss racial injustices and civil rights. Meanwhile, it gave 700 volunteers an opportunity to plug into meaningful service projects across our five partner communities (Detroit, New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh) and beyond.

Added up, that’s a lot of great minds and even more capable hands, coming together to stand up for justice and strong communities. As participant Rebecca Haskell in Oakland, California commented, “Turn the Tables provided time and space for people to broach a subject that we otherwise wouldn’t and talk about our thoughts, questions, and concerns.” We can’t think of a better way to honor Dr. King’s life and work.

If you joined in one of Repair the World’s Turn the Tables events (or if you did something else amazing to celebrate MLK Day), we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below, or tweet us @repairtheworld.