Mitzvah Mavens strike again! This group of local women helps with a variety of social action projects in the Greater Washington area as a way to actively involve women in making positive change in our community. Mitzvah Mavens act upon the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world, one project at a time.

On Sunday, March 9, Mitzvah Mavens is joined by the Jewish Food Experience and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington in a project for Food for Others, assembling more than 200 Power Packs for school children in our community who need of food over weekends to combat hunger. Families are encourage to participate and, once the Power Packs are done, there will be a special story time with PJ Library.

Despite the DC area’s reputation as affluent, each week thousands of local elementary school children rely on school breakfasts and lunches for their entire daily food intake. When the weekend arrives, many of them regularly feel the pangs of hunger. Sadly, some of these children have little to nothing to eat between their lunch at school on Friday and their breakfast on Monday morning.

The Food for Others Power Pack program combats this problem by providing school children in need with healthy food they can bring home and have during the weekend. Each Power Pack contains two items each for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two snacks and two drinks—enough to get the kids through the weekend without hunger.

You can help assemble the packs as part of this family-friendly program from 12:30 to 2:00 pm at Congregation Olam Tikvah3800 Glenbrook Road in Fairfax, VA. There is an $18 couvert per family, which covers the cost of supplies for the Power Packs. The couvert is the fair-market value of this event and is not tax-deductible. Click here to register.