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Update From The Salinsky Garden

The Salinsky Garden has donated 157 lbs of collard greens, cabbage, lettuce, green and wax beans, sweet peppers, chives, carrots and green onions during the 2017 growing season. These have been donated to the following organizations: Jewish Community Food Pantry, Repairers of the Breach, Salvation Army, Bradley Crossing Apartments and the Tikkun Ha Ir Chop Shop.

If you would like to help out with planning for the 2018 garden, contact Heidi Salter at or 262-271-6893.

Volunteer Opportunities

Hello CEEBJ families! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me for the most up to date volunteer opportunities!

Heidi Salter, Volunteer Coordinator
Salinsky Program to Feed The Hungry


Food Donation Opportunites

Meta House is a residential substance abuse treatment facility for women. Donations accepted Monday – Friday. 2625 N. Weil St.

The Grand Avenue Club is a community in Milwaukee for adults who have experienced mental illness. They are open 365 days per year. 210 E. Michigan St.

Bethesda Outreach Program runs a food pantry and lunch program at Bethesda Church of God in Christ. Food donations and fresh fruits and vegetables are needed to provide healthy meals to the community. Paper products such as heavy duty plates, napkins and hot/cold drink cups are also greatly needed. Drop offs accepted during meal and pantry times (Tuesdays-Thursdays 11-3pm). 2810 W. Highland Blvd..

Cathedral Center is an emergency housing shelter for women and families. Donations of bread, milk, fruit cups, juice boxes, sandwich meats and cheese, and breakfast items, such as cereal, instant oatmeal packets, granola bars and soft fruits such as bananas are always needed. 845 N. Van Buren St.

Friedens Pantry at the John C. Cudahy YMCA could use fresh fruit and vegetables, in addition to other food donations. Donations may be dropped off during pantry hours (Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-6pm). 9050 N. Swan Rd.

Jewish Community Food Pantry is open every Thursday and the third Sunday of the month. Kosher foods and vegetables are in need and can be dropped off during pantry hours (Thursdays 11am – 3:15pm). 2930 N. Center Street.

Repairers of the Breach is a daytime shelter for homeless men and women.Our goal is to help provide healthier meals for the members of Repairers of the Breach. Drops offs welcome Mondays-Saturdays from 7am – 4pm. 1335 W. Vliet St.

Sojourner Truth House is a shelter for abused women and their children. Food donations are welcome to encourage healthy eating on a daily basis. 135 W. Wells, 4th Floor.

The Guest House homeless shelter feeds 100 people a day. Salads are always welcome with ranch dressing! Don’t have enough for 100?? Drop off fresh veggies to supplement a meal! Heavy duty paper plates, napkins and hot/cold drink cups also needed. 1216 N. 13th Street.

Milwaukee Connections

Connecting to the larger community is important to look for avenues to make an impact on addressing the Milwaukee area hunger issue. We have joined The Milwaukee Food Council to find ways the Salinsky Program can make an impact.  Click here to find the other local groups working to bring healthy food systems into Milwaukee.


The City of Milwaukee is committed through the Green Milwaukee Department, to help plan for a Milwaukee food hub. Could food hubs help Milwaukee’s local food supply chain? What should a food hub look like? The concept of a food hub could mean anything from a farm stand located on a street corner to a food processing kitchen facility. Read an article posted in Outpost Natural Foods Graze Spring 2013 edition for more details.

2017 Activities

What A Year! We accomplished a lot, thanks to all of our volunteers!

  • 157 lbs of produce from the Salinsky Garden was harvested and donated to Repairers of the Breach, the Jewish Community Food Pantry, the Salvation Army, Bradley Crossing Apartments and the Tikkun Ha Ir Chop Shop. Thanks to our regular watering and planting volunteers that made this happen!
  • Sandwiches made by volunteers and donated to The Guest House.
  • Monthly Meals prepared for Meta House and served by our religious school families and CEEBJ members.
  • Bagged lunches prepared and donated to Meta House.
  • Volunteers planted collard greens, chives, lettuce, cabbage, green onions, carrots, green and wax beans, sweet peppers and tomatoes in the Salinsky Garden on Mitzvah Day.
  • Volunteers watered and tended to the Salinsky Garden daily.

Grantees (By Year)

Total Funds Donated to community organizations 2011- 2017 = $146,908

2017 Grants – $8,000

  • Ma’ot Chitim – $4,000 - Passover chickens
  • Jewish Community Pantry – $2,000 - Kosher food purchases
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir – $2,000 - support the Chop Shop

2016 Grants- $12,400

  • Moas Chitim – $4000 – Passover Chickens
  • Jewish Family Services – $2000 – Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry
  • Jewish Community Pantry – $2000 – Kosher food purchases
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir – $2000 – support Surplus Harvest Program
  • Hunger Task Force Summer Meals Program – $1900 – Snack Pack supplies assembled on Mitzvah Day
  • COA Youth and Family Centers – $500 – Kitchen renovation

2015 Grants- $26,766

  • Moas Chitim – $6000 – Passover chickens
  • Jewish Family Services – $4000- Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry
  • Jewish Community Pantry – $ 5000 – Kosher Food purchases
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir – $8000 – support Surplus Harvest Program
  • Maccabi Games – $2000 – Support  JCC Cares snack pack
  • Hunger Task Force – $1766 – Mitzvah Day project –snack packs for summer meal program

2014 Grants – $13,970

  • Moas Chitim – $5000 – funds for Passover chickens
  • Meta House – $3250 – received a new refrigerator
  • Bethesda Church – $720 – new shelving for their food pantry and 2 raised garden beds to supplement their meal program and food pantry
  • Jewish Community Pantry – $5000 received emergency funds for break-in and freezer repairs

2013 Grants – $ 20,000

  • Jewish Family Services – $4000 – support the Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry at Deerwood Crossing
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir – $12,000 – support the Surplus Garden Harvest Program
  • Jewish Community Pantry – $4000 -for equipment and Kosherfood

2012 Grants – $25,772

  • Silver Spring Neighborhood Center – $5000 – freezer for food pantry, fresh fruit for Early Care and Education Center
  • Guest House – $4472 – purchase a convection oven for kitchen
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir – $6000 – support Surplus Garden Harvest
  • Jewish Community Pantry – $8000 – purchase freezer and Kosher food
  • THI – $300 – support Surplus Garden Harvest presentation at 2012 Hazon Conference
  • Growing Power – $2000 – sponsorship of Urban and Small Farm Conference

2011 Grants = $40,000

  • Repairers of the Breach – $10,000 Create the Breach Kitchen
  • Tikkun Ha-Ir – $7000 – support for part time Surplus Garden Harvest staff
  • Hunger Task Force- $10,000 – Summer meal program for children
  • Victory Garden Initiative- $3000 – support Concordia Garden
  • Feeding America – $10,000 – food fund for those unable to pay

About the CEEBJ Salinsky Program to Feed the Hungry

Louise Decasseres Mayer Salinsky, a longtime member of our congregation, provided a generous gift from her estate for the creation of an ongoing program to feed the hungry in our community. I am honored to lead this effort and encourage all congregants to get involved. There will be opportunities at every level for you to make a positive difference - to do mitzvahs in the community. Through the kindness and foresight of Mrs. Salinsky, we are in a position to make an incredible positive impact on the lives of thousands of people. Please join us.

Mission Statement

Feeding the Hungry in a Jewish context by joining the larger Milwaukee community to advocate and educate about food needs and encouraging volunteer activities.

How You Can Help:

For more information about how you can learn more and get involved, please visit this website page often for updates. Read your Shabbat Bulletin and Emanu-Email as well. Please also feel free to contact Heidi Salter, our volunteer coordinator, at or call Heidi at 262-271-6893.


Reenie Kavalar
Salinsky Program to Feed the Hungry Coordinator

Sun, December 9 2018 1 Tevet 5779