The High Holidays in October marked the collection of the 1 millionth pound of donated food during Operation Isaiah.
It was the 26th year for the Jewish communal effort, making it the longest-running food drive for the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
The food drive was founded at Ahavath Achim Synagogue to follow Isaiah’s call to “share your bread with the hungry.” The campaign has long been supported by most of metro Atlanta’s synagogues and Jewish day schools and has grown into one of the food bank’s largest campaigns.
“Supporting our community and those in need has always been a priority for our congregation, and we’re honored to hit such a significant milestone of helping the food bank feed the hungry,” Ahavath Achim Rabbi Neil Sandler said. “On the morning of Yom Kippur we hear the powerful and timeless message of Isaiah — ‘This is the fast I desire … to share your bread with the hungry’ — and we use this as inspiration to give forth during the holiday. Operation Isaiah is our way to act through this message.”
Ahavath Achim alone donated more than 104,000 pounds this year, exceeding the communitywide goal of 92,000 pounds.
“This is such a monumental accomplishment. I’m so proud of the Atlanta Jewish community for helping so many people in need in North Georgia, most of whom we’ll never meet. This is the true meaning of performing a mitzvah,” said Nancy Canter Weiner of Ahavath Achim, one of the organizers.