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MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Judaism, Religion

Mission: MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

Target demographics: people of all faiths and backgrounds

Geographic areas served: United States and Israel

Programs: MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger employs three interrelated strategies – advocacy and education, partnership grant making and strategic initiatives – to ensure that hungry people have access to the nutritious food they need today and working to develop and advance long-term solutions so that no one goes hungry tomorrow.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

When my children were born- twins, I donated to Mazon in the name. They were then featured in a news segment for Mazon as the youngest donors at 2 weeks old. I can't imagine what it is to be hungry and have children and know that they are hungry. Mazon doesn't just help one group or one religion or one city. Their support is wide spread, generous, fair and just. They embody the spirit of community is every way. Their staff and supporters will make a difference and I am sure one day, no one will be hungry, anywhere and Mazon will somehow be there when that happens. Mazel Tov.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following and supporting Mazon, the Jewish response to Hunger since my daughter was a young teen in the Shaaray Tefilla Youth Group. My daughter is now 37, with two girls of her own, the oldest of whom is 10. I kept getting requests to write checks for various youth group functions that had odd number such as $20.60 or $15.45 because 3% was being given as a required contribution to Mazon who I learned through its newsletter and literature distributed funds to food pantries and programs throughout the United, Israel, and around the world on a non-sectarian basis. The more I read about its moral underpinnings from Isaiah, from Jewish tradition (Kol Yisrael Araveen Zeh L'zeh), the more I became commited to its success. When I was asked to undertake the development of a workplace giving campaign to replace United Way, I made sure that Mazon would be included. Ever since Mazon developed its website for donation, I use it almost exclusively to note good times (honors and mazel tovs) and bad times (in memory of loved ones in bereavement) of people about whom I care. When I have had weddings and other good occasions, I have participated through Mazon is donating 3% of the food costs to them for their distribution in turn to funding programs to feed the hungry, and made sure to let people know through Mazon place cards. I believe in this organization very strongly and have no issues with their integrity or competence.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Mazon is a wonderful organization that we feel very comfortable donating too. We know that our donations are going to help feed the hungry not only in the United States but around the world.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

When it comes to donating to a charity I know does good I automatically turn to MAZON. Several times a year I make a donation either to honor a special person in my life or in the memory of a lost loved one. I have been fortunate to know members of the MAZON organization and their dedication and compassion is without bounds. The hunger crisis has been exacerbated by the downturn in the economy and MAZON is fighting the good fight. Bravo to MAZON!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for nearly 20 years, and was a Board member for ten years. MAZON is an extremely well-run nonprofit that has helped to bring the crisis of hunger to the forefront of public attention through education and advocacy, while maintaining a key role in programs that directly serve clients. MAZON not only funds food distribution programs and multi-service agencies, but helps them operate more efficiently by linking them to one another to share resources and holding an annual conference for California recipients to meet and learn from experts. Donors are promptly acknowledged; those honored are sent beautiful and educational materials, and the website is top-notch. If every hunger-related non-profit operated as well as MAZON, we really would see an end to hunger in our lifetimes.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to Mazon for the past 14 years. As far as I am concerned this is the finest non profit organization that is committed to ending world hunger and is non denominational in the organizations and charities that they distribute funds to. I will continue to tell all that I can that Mazon is the organization to donate to if they truly want their money to make a difference. I do believe if there a non profit organization that can find a way to end world hunger, Mazon is my only choice!!!!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am continually amazed with Mazon's commitment to its mission and its ability, with its dedicated and nimble staff, to reach as many people as it does. Here's an example: I brought one particularly well done booklet to show my parents, who are part of a small, one temple town in the Pacific Northwest. Not only had my parents received that mailer, but they had already been donating to Mazon for years. I travel light. For me to bring that Mazon piece up to Spokane shows how impressive I found their literature. Indeed, Mazon's mailings are powerfully executed, from the copy to the photo elements. And I feel confident that there is no waste in Mazon – donors know that their money is going toward ending hunger and not toward a bloated, executive-heavy organization.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Despite the small size of the staff, MAZON's engagement with the community is incredible. The donor services department provides a unique, personal experience to every donor. The grants department provides copious amounts of technical support to its grantees. The administrative staff has great commitment to its work (anti-hunger advocacy, rabbi relations, etc.). And of course, there is MAZON's grant-making. The grantees MAZON chooses are invaluable to the communities they serve -- be it New York City or Sun Prairie, Wisconsin or Tel Aviv -- and make great strides in reducing hunger in the US and abroad every day. I loved my time working at MAZON and miss the staff, board, and grantees every day.