There’s nothing like the atmosphere of the Shabbat table: the joy, song and celebration of family and friends enjoying each other’s company along with the special, delicious Shabbat foods that have been so carefully prepared.
It’s an atmosphere that makes Shabbat such a special time to look forward to.
When a family is living in poverty, the specialness of Shabbat is altered, its oncoming arrival, anxiety inducing. For parents who can’t pay bills, and struggle to feed their children the basics during the week, purchasing necessities for Shabbat is often impossible.
This includes special foods such as chicken, an item that most people consider to be the minimum for a Shabbat meal. Mothers and fathers know that’s the norm in the homes of their friends and neighbors. And they are discouraged and embarrassed at their inability to create the warm, homey feeling of the traditional Shabbat table, an integral part of Jewish life, for their own families.
We are there to make a difference, with our Shabbat Chicken program. We know how invaluable the experience is, of sitting down to a dignified & joyous Shabbat meal, and by supplying chicken to desperately poor families, our program helps nurture that experience in their homes.
Consistent with all our programs, donations to Shabbat Chicken are used at the highest level of effectiveness. We work with butchers who provide us with economical prices, and a store credit system for recipients. This saves on added costs that would incur from a "meals on wheels" delivery system, and true to our mission, spares recipients feelings of shame or embarrassment. They simply walk into the shop and use their credit towards their order.
The program is invaluable, and contributing to Shabbat Chicken is an easy way to transform families' Shabbatot - from solemnity to simcha.
Please join us! Help us elevate the Shabbat atmosphere for poor families,
by giving them the Shabbat table they dream of.
For over 20 years, we've been helping needy couples make their wedding celebrations, saving families from incurring terrible debt. To date over 15,000 couples have celebrated their special day with dignity.