Since 1985, Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger has provided food, help and hope to hungry people of all faiths and backgrounds. It has done so through donations from the Jewish communities which in turn, are allocated to the most effective hunger relief organizations in the United States, Israel and in poor countries worldwide.
NFTY embraces the traditional Jewish commitment to sustaining the hungry. NFTY and MAZON first became partners in the crusade to beat hunger at the NFTY General Board Meeting in 1986. It was resolved: “That NFTY add an additional 3% to the registration fee of every 1986-87 North American event, to be allocated to the Mazon program, subject to the ongoing review of the NFTY Board; and, that NFTY strongly encourage its regions to add an additional 3% to the registration fee of every 1986-87 regional event, to be donated to Mazon in the name of NFTY, thus being collected by NFTY and forwarded to Mazon (NFTY General Board Meeting 1996 , Resolution “O”).”
The following year, It was also resolved: “That NFTY continue to add an additional three percent to the registration fee of every North American event, to be allocated to the Mazon program; and, that NFTY also continues to strongly encourage its regions and their TYGs to add an additional three percent to the registration fee of every regional event, to be donated to Mazon in the name of NFTY, thus being collected by NFTY and forwarded to Mazon (NFTY General Board Meeting, 1997, Resolution “I”).”
At the general board meeting in 1988, it was once again resolved: “That NFTY continue to add an additional three percent to the registration fee of every North American event to be allocated to the MAZON program upon review by every NFTY Board; and, that NFTY continue to encourage its regions and TYGs to participate in the MAZON program by adding an additional three percent to the registration fee of every regional and TYG function, to be donated to MAZON in the name of NFTY, thus being collected by NFTY and forwarded to MAZON, and that the NFTY Social Action Vice-President take all necessary steps to promote the MAZON program (NFTY General Board Meeting, 1988, Resolution, “J”).”
Most recently, in 1997, the general board resolved: "That it be highly suggested that each NFTY region appoint a regional Mazon chair to facilitate the functions of Mazon, with the exception of the home region to the NFTY Mazon appointee; and, that these chairs have the following responsibilities to be further specified and added to by future NFTY-Mazon liaisons:
- To keep in close contact with the NFTY-Mazon liaison and the regional board, most likely through the Social Action V.P.
- To receive Mazon updates, reports, and materials from the NFTY-Mazon liaison.
- To be aware of state of hunger issues concerning our environment and to help facilitate the spread of this information through awareness programs, announcements at regional events, and/or the inclusion of materials in regional mailings.
- To make available to regional and youth group programmers hunger and poverty related awareness programs from the NFTY-Mazon liaison and/or the Mazon organization.
- To ensure the inclusion of the optional Mazon staple 3% of proceeds of all regional events, and the encouragement of TYG participation in the optional 3%.
- To oversee and facilitate the collection of Mazon money from the TYG level to the regional level under the organization of the NFTY-Mazon liaison. (NFTY General Board Meeting, 1997, Resolution, “C”).
We encourage all NFTYites and local TYGs to support and explore more about MAZON. MAZON ("food" in Hebrew) was founded to build a bridge between Jews who enjoy the blessings of abundance, and the millions of children and adults who are hungry, or who live at the very edge of hunger, each day. Even in this era of unprecedented abundance, more than 33 million Americans, including 12 million children, are hungry or at the very edge of hunger, because their families lack the money to buy sufficient food.