MAZON Announces 2011 Grants; One Goes to JCL

Los Angeles, June 28 – MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, a leader in the national anti-hunger community, has awarded over $3 million to 286 carefully-screened organizations fighting hunger in the United States, Israel and selected developing nations. Over its 25-year history, MAZON has made grants totaling more than $53 million.

MAZON grantees represent the entire spectrum of the nation’s anti-hunger network: from food banks, food pantries, home-delivered meal programs and kosher meal programs to advocacy organizations who work at the local, state and national level to expand participation in federal food assistance programs and champion the development of lasting solutions. The Jewish Community of Louisville received a $5,000 MAZON grant for its senior nutrition program.

“We are proud of our longstanding commitment to the fight to end hunger,” says Mia Hubbard, Grants Director at MAZON. “Our grants help agencies rise to the challenge of feeding their hungry neighbors, and expanding access to government safety-net programs that shield families from some of the worst effects of the recession.”

“Our current economic and political climate is both challenging and disheartening for those who struggle every day to put food on the table,” says Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO of MAZON. “It’s clear our work is far from done. The need for MAZON – its grantmaking, its advocacy, and its policy work – is more critical than ever before. The nation’s charitable hunger relief agencies are overtaxed from increased demand and decreased supply, while at the same time the safety net programs that prevent widespread hunger are in danger of being dismantled. We must unite to stop this terrible injustice.”

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