Challah for Hunger: 10 Years of Social Activism

Challah for Hunger

With the Motley Coffeehouse and Malott Commons providing restaurant quality meals daily, there is a lot of great food on campus for students to enjoy.

But many Scripps students actively involve themselves with food beyond the tasty treats and nutritional value. They have learned through Core classes that things aren’t always what they seem, and rarely are they fair. So the students have done what comes naturally to them; they have created clubs and organizations on campus that provide aid — or a voice of reason — to causes helping to feed the world.

Founded in 2004 by Eli Winkelman ’07, Challah for Hunger is one such endeavor. The organization bakes and sells challah — traditional Jewish sweet bread — to raise money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief. A decade later, the club has transformed itself into an international nonprofit organization with 67 chapters on three continents.

“I love being a part of it,” says Alex Washburn ’15, the club’s finance coordinator. “We raise money for international organizations and local causes, and we’re bonded together by a shared passion for social justice — and delicious challah bread!”

This year, more than $4,900 was raised during weekly sales in Seal Court, with the proceeds split primarily between the American Jewish World Service and House of Ruth, a local shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

“Our dedicated student volunteers and leadership have worked hard over the years to make the highest-quality challah,” says Washburn. “I think Scripps does a great job of making those resources available and supporting us.”With dozens of volunteers at the Claremont chapter each semester and more than $400,000 in lifetime donations from the organization,Challah for Hunger feeds students’ appetite for activism.


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