There are collection areas year-round in the lobby of the main synagogue building (blue trunk) and the lower level of the Freedman Center (metal shelf). You may also drop off food at the Chapel Hill home of Peter and Marilyn Ornstein (please call ahead).
Items need to be non-perishable and no glass containers.
Examples of appreciated items:
• Ready-to-eat food for feeding people who come to our door
• Food Banks (Jewish Family Services, Durham, Urban Ministries, Iglesia Emanuel)
• Soup for SEEDS
• Sukkot Food Drive–last year we packed 80 bags!
• Martin Luther King Day of Service Food Drive
• Passover Food Drive
• Chametz Brigade
Make a habit of checking grocery stores’ specials for “Deals of the Week” and stocking up for these drives. As a “double-mitzvah”, link your Harris Teeter VIC card and/or your Kroger Rewards Card to Beth El. Then, those stores will make a donation to Beth El every time you shop.
Ongoing Toiletry Drives:
Those seeking assistance at our synagogue doors and local shelters also often need toiletries and diapers, especially since these items cannot be purchased through government assistance programs. Toiletries include basic hygiene products for men, women, and children, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, body lotion, shampoo/conditioner and feminine hygiene items. These can be either travel or full size. We are particularly in need of men’s most-requested items:
- Shaving cream
- Unscented shampoo
- Nail clippers
- Disposable razors
- Bath soap/shower gel
- Hand lotion