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Exhibit urges people to find broader response to solving world hunger issues

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is in Tulsa at the Jewish Community Center Monday through Wednesday. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is in Tulsa at the Jewish Community Center Monday through Wednesday.

The interactive traveling exhibit has two goals. The first is to share stories from people who struggle with hunger and the second is to find a way to respond to it in innovative ways.

“What MAZON does is to make sure that we don’t stop at canned food drives or homeless meals or community gardens because we’re never going to food bank our way to the end of hunger in this community or in America,” said Samuel Chu, the national organizer of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. “We have to work on the holistic and broader response.”

The Jewish Community Center is doing just that with their community garden.

Drew Diamond, the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, said every year the garden produces more than a ton of fresh vegetables for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

“The food bank makes use of every scrap of food from every donation they get and it all goes into feeding people and that’s important,” Diamond said. “We’re involved in trying to repair the world and part of that is hunger and this is our effort.”

He encourages others to think outside the box to fight hunger as well.

“People can help,” Diamond said. “It’s one thing to be an activist about it and raise awareness. That’s important but I also think it’s important to deliver.”

He said there are more than a quarter million families who have hunger issues in Tulsa.

“We hope that people will come down and we hope that the impact of this truck actually goes beyond this week and we want to be able to partner with this community to solve hunger in Tulsa,” said Chu.

The Jewish Community Center is located at 2021 E. 71st St.

The exhibit is open:

Monday 1 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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