Mazon, A Jewish Response to Hunger

By Mazon

Posted on 31th December 2010

MAZON makes grants to over 300 organizations on the front lines of fighting hunger in the US, Israel and selected developing countries.

MAZON’s mission is three-fold:



1.      To provide for people who are hungry while at the same time advocating for other ways to end hunger and its causes;



2.      To educate and raise the consciousness of the Jewish community regarding its obligation to alleviate hunger and its causes; and


3.      To make donating a portion of the cost of life cycle events (historically at least 3%) to MAZON a permanent tradition in Jewish life.


Since its inception, MAZON has been fighting not just to feed people today, but also to try to ensure that no one goes hungry tomorrow. We were one of the first organizations to stress advocacy as a means for changing the paradigm of hunger. Advocacy is the active support of an idea or cause, especially the act of pleading or arguing for something. In our case, it involves urging local, regional and national government entities to enact policies that are in the best interests of hungry people in their areas.


Advocacy remains a critical component of our work, and in order to receive funding from us, we require grantees engage in advocacy efforts.

The Jewish values found within Mazon include:

  • Ending Hunger - Mazon

  • Poverty - O’ni

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