Mayor Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles’ Food Policy Council are hosting a Good Food Day of Service on March 31, 2012. 

This Day of Service aims to mobilize a diverse cross section of Angelenos to create a more just and sustainable food system by encouraging hands-on volunteerism and civic engagement. 

The Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Netiya and the Community Engagement Initiative of the Jewish Federation are dedicated to civic involvement and taking action to care for those who are vulnerable and in need -- families and children who suffer from hunger and poverty. 

In keeping with our policy to respect all methods of Jewish practice and observance, we encourage you and your community to choose one day during the week of the Good Food Day of Service to participate in the dialogue and action surrounding issues of food, and by doing so to make a meaningful difference in your city.

Please consider one or more of the following methods of participating:

  • Dedicate a Shabbat sermon/discussion/Torah session on poverty and hunger.  We have sermon sparks and talking points available for your use;
  • Partner with another community organization, like Netiya or Food Forward, to plant a garden at your synagogue or glean food in your community; 
  • Organize volunteers for a service project, such as working at a food pantry or food bank, or cooking a meal at a homeless shelter;
  • Lead a food drive, with participants delivering the food themselves;
  • Host speakers from your community who are working to provide greater access to safe and healthy food (contact Debbie Dyner Harris for recommendations);
  • Screen a movie highlighting pieces of the hunger issue (contact Debbie Dyner Harris for recommendations).

Additional ways for your community to get involved in food and hunger issues:

  • Utilize meaningful programming or educational opportunities to connect Passover, a harvest holiday, to this theme;
  • Offer educational opportunities on topics such as food deserts or the importance of purchasing locally and/or eating organically;
  • Conduct a food audit on how well your institution fares;
  • Enlist your congregants to take the “Good Food Pledge”— a commitment to real, long-term involvement to help rebuild the food system.

Download "10 Things YOU Can Do For Good Food Day" and Sermon Sparks.

Visit the website of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council

For more information on the Mayor’s Good Food Day of Service, contact Debbie Dyner Harris of the Jewish Federation at or 323-761-8158.