Supporting Elijah’s Promise During COVID-19
For the safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers, we are not able to accept in-person volunteers at this time. Please see below for the best ways to support Elijah’s Promise at this time. Thank you!
Monetary donations are the best way to contribute
to our mission at this time, especially as monthly gifts as we continue to see unprecedented need at the Community Soup Kitchen.
We can help spread your dollars the furthest while you can spend time organizing any of the below activities and education opportunities.
How to support Elijah’s Promise and community food security during COVID-19
Thank you so much for your support. Due to your overwhelming generosity, we are currently at capacity for bagged lunches, snack packs, utensils, and winter clothing. See below for the remaining items we will accept and please consider making a monetary donation at this time.
Donations can be dropped off at 18 Neilson St between 8-1:30 Mon-Sat. For donations of perishable foods or 100+ items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. All other donations, please do not call in advance.
Chef Curtis’s Wishlist:
With Your Community
- Adopt A Meal:
Contact email@example.com if your family or community is interested in adopting a meal at the Community Soup Kitchen.
- Contact Your Local Food Pantry:
Many food pantries across Middlesex County are still operating and are in need of volunteers. Contact your local food pantry to see if they are seeking volunteers.
- Support Local Food Businesses:
Cater a Community Soup Kitchen meal with a local food business, or donate baked goods or sandwiches from local businesses. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
- Community Farms and Gardens:
We welcome donations of fresh produce from local farms and community gardens. Contact email@example.com to make delivery arrangements.
- Activate Commercial Kitchen Spaces:
Many houses of worship and community centers have licensed and insured commercial kitchen spaces that are currently underutilized. While we do not have a list of available spaces, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Snack pack sample:
Food Justice Short Reads
- What is food justice?
- On COVID-19’s disproportionate harm to POC
- On the intersection of racism and food insecurity especially in the food system
- On the intersection of racism and farming
- On the systemic racism of our food systems
- On why communities need programs like Promise Agriculture
- How Urban Agriculture Can Fight Racism in the Food System
- On the intersection of racism, the federal government, and farming
- On racism and grocery stores
- On agriculture and prison labor exploitation
Watch Then Act
For Kids and Families:
- Watch the CNN/Sesame Street racism town hall with your children and use.
- These lessons and activities from Food Span are an excellent resource for learning about what it takes for food to make it from the farm to your fork, including the racial and economic disparities across different sectors of the food system.
- Watch these TED Talks: Food, Race, and Justice by Malik Yankini and The Underlying Racism of America’s Food System by Regina Bernard-Carreno.
- Think about the problems in your food system. Food waste? Unfair wages for workers? Lack of adequate protection for workers’ health and safety? Not enough access to local healthy foods? Use this worksheet from Food Span to think through problems and potential solutions and be in touch with us at email@example.com if you want to talk about how to take action towards food justice.
- Watch Fed Up, a documentary about the ways our food system is designed to encourage us to eat unhealthy foods, how this disproportionately affects people of color, and how it manifests in schools, grocery stores, and beyond.
- Sign up to receive notifications about our high school School Food Recovery Internship program. The program is open to any New Jersey high school students. Information will begin to be shared when guidance on school reopening becomes available later in the summer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the internship and how to make school food systems more just.
- College students: does your school have a Food Recovery Network or similar initiative to donate surplus food? What about Swipe Out Hunger? Learn more about college food insecurity and contact email@example.com for more information on how to make college food systems more just.