Hunger Project: Serving for More than 27 Years!
Since 1986, the Beth Israel Hunger Project, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Village, has served over one million meals to those in need in the general San Diego community. Founded originally by Beth Israel member Joan Kutner, the Hunger Project serves a warm, nourishing meal to approximately 700 people each week. Patrons include young and old alike, span all ethnicities and religions, from the homeless to those who must make the difficult choice between whether to buy essential medicine or their next meal. When this most basic of human needs is met, there is renewed hope and dignity.
How to Volunteer
The Hunger Project needs volunteers on Sunday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and be accompanied by a parent if under 18. The Hunger Project continues to be a great way for Bar/Bat Mitzvah students to fulfill a portion of their Ma'aseh Mitzvah requirements. If you are part of a committee, chavurah or other Beth Israel group, consider providing the 12-15 volunteers needed for a Sunday. This can build great teamwork while doing a mitzvah for the community. Contact
at 858-535-1111 for directions, requirements, and to confirm volunteer needs for a particular day..
Other Ways to Help
The Hunger Project is totally supported by voluntary contributions. We cannot do this work without the support of donors! A $50 donation provides a warm, nutritious meal for 20 individuals while a $500 gift feeds almost 200 people. Contribute now online.
The Beth Israel Joan Kutner Social Action Award
This perpetual award was created by the Beth Israel Board in 2005 to recognize the contribution of Joan Kutner, founder of the Beth Israel San Diego Hunger Project, in recognition of her decades of service to the San Diego community.