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Maot Chitim

Maot Chitim

In preparation for Passover, join Chicago’s Jewish Community in fulfilling the mitzvah of Maot Chitim (providing meals to Jewish families in need) by delivering boxes of food and other holiday necessities to Jewish families and individuals who are struggling with food insecurity.  

Help is needed this year on Sunday, April 10, 2022. Box pick-up will be at the NEW warehouse located at the former Toys R Us in Highland Park (1610 Deerfield Road). Pick-up times run every 15 minutes from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. Come with your car (especially large cars and vans) and families – and make sure to empty out your trunk! 

You must sign up to make deliveries. Click here to sign up.  

Maot Chitim refers to the custom of gathering wheat which was then given to people in need for making matzo for Passover. Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago started over a century ago when Rabbis set up card tables in front of their synagogues and distributed a few dollars to those in need for holiday day meals.

Today, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago has evolved into a year-round volunteer effort searching for the best and most reasonably priced Kosher products, organizing an army of volunteers, setting up a warehouse, locating recipients through the ARK and other social service agencies, packing the products, coordinating an orderly delivery system, delivering the packages and finally closing up and beginning the plans for the next holiday.

In 1997, Maot Chitim wanted to extend the delivery of holiday food to include Rosh Hashanah because of the growing need in the community.

Click here for more information about Maot Chitim.

If you have any questions about Maot Chitim, please contact Hakafa member, Carol Anne Been.

Tue, December 6 2022 12 Kislev 5783