by Melanie Weiss

Challah for the People

Five years ago Challah for Hunger started as a student service in Claremont Colleges in California. Students Eli Winkelman and Melinda Koster combined their respective interests in baking and Darfur activism to provide a service that teaches student to bake challah and buy it fresh on campus, and in turn provides money for American Jewish World Services’ humanitarian relief efforts in Sudan and Chad. The group raised over $30,000 in under three years. Now a fellow at the PresenTense Institute, Winkelman is working full-time to bring Challah for Hunger — now a registered non-profit working on nearly 30 campuses to date — to students across the country and the world. The group has already gained recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative, and Winkelman also writes about Jews and food at The Jew and the Carrot blog.

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