Synagogue’s food delivery program helps hungry kids in West Contra Costa schools during winter bre

More than 300 packages of donated food that were sorted and packed by volunteers at Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond will end up as much-needed meals for children and families during the winter holidays.

Jeff Romm (left), coordinator of the Food for Thought program, helps a volunteer pack trucks. photo/courtesy temple beth hillel

The volunteers spent Dec. 12 and 13 preparing canned goods, 150 boxes of produce, turkeys and several dozen loaves of bread for distribution at seven elementary schools around the county.

Many students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District receive free or reduced-price meals at school, but those meals are not provided during summer and winter breaks. Since 2010, the synagogue’s Food for Thought program has filled that gap by providing assistance to children in need over the winter holidays.

More than two dozen Food for Thought volunteers took part in the effort. They were joined by volunteers from the Walnut Creek-based program Let’s Feed the Kids, as well as members of six other local religious institutions.

Temple Beth Hillel hopes to expand the program to include more schools in more districts. For more information about the Food for Thought program, visit