Annual High Holy Day Food Drive

The annual High Holy Day food drive is a cherished aspect of our community’s observation of the Days of Awe. For many years, Temple Beth-El’s total donation has been the single largest donation received by The Food Bank Network of Somerset County. We can’t let COVID-19 derail our commitment to partner with The Food Bank Network in serving the needs of those in need in our community. Your generosity will make this possible.

This year there will be several opportunities to bring your donation of food:

  • on Rosh Hashanah (either day)
  • on Yom Kippur (Sept 15-16)
  • during Tashlich services at Duke Island Park (September 7 at 3:00)
  • weekdays between Rosh Hashanah and Simchat Torah (September 28)
  • during the Sukkah building and outdoor fun event on September 12 (10:00 a.m.)
  • at the Challah Chibbuk on September 14 (register to get your gift of a HHD challah. See here for more)
  • at the Sukkot celebration (September 20)
  • to Simchat Torah (September 27 and 28)
  • any weekday between September 7 and 28.

If you are not able to get out to purchase food for The Food Bank, you can make a monetary donation through Temple Beth-El (click here to make your donation). We will consolidate all of the donations and forward a lump sum to The Food Bank. Or you can make your monetary donation direct to The Food Bank Network by sending a check payable to The Food Bank Network to P.O. Box 149 Bound Brook, NJ 08805 or via the donation page on their website.

Remember, our donations make an immeasurable impact by helping families in need. Your generosity has always been overwhelming and we thank you for your consideration this year as well. Contact David Kornberg, TBD Food Drive Coordinator, should you have any questions about this year’s drive.


The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community in a manner which recognizes and advances self worth and human dignity. Their method of distributing this food is through three food pantries, located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield, and a warehouse in Bridgewater.

Food ItemsNon-Food Items
Spaghetti Sauce (canned, e.g. Hunts)Toilet Paper
Shelf Stable Milk (e.g. Parmalat )Diapers/Wipes
TunaPaper Towels
Canned Fruits and VegetablesDeodorant
Canned Meats (Spam, Corned Beef, Stew)Hand Soap
Canned SpaghettiToothpaste
Cereal (Hot/Cold)Dish Detergent
JellyLaundry Detergent
Macaroni & Cheese
Peanut Butter