COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 affected all of us. We at Yad Ezra felt strongly that our food insecure clients needed to be helped, maybe more than ever, to receive their food and not to have the additional worry of how that would happen during these stressful times. Our small team worked hard to find a way, and so […]

Maddie’s Story

Maddie Wyatt, a graduate of Berkley High School, volunteered with us as a Giving Gardens Intern when she was a high school student.  We invited her to share a story of an experience she had during her time here: I’ve spent a fair amount of time at Giving Gardens, and every time I’m there, I […]

Fermentation for the Soul

Through Giving Gardens at Yad Ezra, we held a workshop on lacto-fermentation, with guest educator Hong Gwi-Seok.  Our aim was to give participants the confidence and inspiration to make their own pickles at home. We wanted to share the scientific processes and nutritional benefits of fermented foods, as well as discuss the cultural origins and […]

My First Impression

I’m Kayla, the new JOIN intern (Jeanette & Oscar Cook Jewish Occupational Intern Program) at Yad Ezra. This past week, I worked in the warehouse with clients for 4 days, as well as worked to create advocacy projects, sat in on different meetings, updated and edited documents, and began preparing for the 2015 Yom Kippur […]

Blog-Vanish Hunger

By Judy Allen When I was young I was reminded meal after meal to finish what was on my plate! After all, there were children in other countries that longed for my fifth bowl of oatmeal that week or liver and onions with a side of spinach.  Recently, while speaking with a friend from Mexico, […]

Can America Feed Itself

Our next post is part of a series by our women’s philanthropy liaison Judy Allen. If you missed her last entry, catch up here. Is it possible for a country having near limitless information, innovation and technological advancement to come up short in something as basic as food?  When we can find a grocery store […]

A Chicken in Every Pot

During the 1928 Presidential campaign Herbert Hoover promised a chicken in every pot. Yet just months after his victory the stock market crashed and America was plunged into The Great Depression. Certainly that was no fault of Hoover’s, but as a nation, we have since experienced many an ebb and flow in our economy, and […]

See You Later

As summer comes to a close I have to say my “see you laters” to Yad Ezra. Just because I’m headed back to East Lansing to start my junior year at Michigan State does not mean I won’t be back. I have learned so much over these past 8 weeks, but one thing that has been […]


What is advocacy?  According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, advocacy is defined as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.” However, what does advocacy have to do with you? Every person can advocate for a cause they feel strongly about. Sometimes the cause can be as large as reaching out to the government, […]

Could You Live On $1.50 Per Meal?

  Imagine if you have $31.50 per week for food, that’s $4.50 a day, and $1.50 per meal.  Individuals benefitting from the Supplemental Nutrition Food Assistance Program (SNAP) receive $31.50 to purchase weekly food, so ask yourself, how many times per week do you go to Starbucks?  The price for one tall coffee is $1.86, […]