On Sunday, Oct. 18, in Milford, Chabad of Hunterdon County’s Teen Network “Cteen” gathered to help America’s Grow-a-Row harvest produce for those in need.
“It may be cold outside but that doesn’t matter to me,” said Josh Radomsky, a junior at Hunterdon Central. “The mere fact of knowing that these vegetables are going straight to the table of someone who is in need is more than enough to keep me warm.”
Grow-a-Row relies on volunteers to help gather produce from local farms to be distributed directly to families and food charities. Cteen assisted by picking two bins of butternut squash, which is more than 2,300 pounds of food, or 9,600 servings.
Butternut squash is a nutritious food with a long shelf life, and a real delicacy to people facing food insecurity.
“We can only make a difference with the help of great folks like Cteen and youth that give so much of themselves,” said Chip Paillex, president and founder of America’s Grow-a-Row. ” We are only as strong as our supporters and volunteers. Without them, we would not have a program and people faced with hunger would not be fed…it’s that simple.”
CTeen of Hunterdon County is a Young Leadership Network dedicated to creating opportunities to educate themselves and others and help their communities to really make a difference.
“The power of youth cannot go underestimated,” said Rabbi Shloime Greene, co-director of Cteen. “In a society in which it is cooler for teens to play video games and tune out, we have the duty and incredible opportunity to harness the potential of their power to build core values and positive character and change not only Hunterdon County but the entire world.”
Cteen’s next program is, “Solidarity with Israel Breakfast” on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., at Factory Fuel Co. in Flemington.
Chabad of Hunterdon County offers Jewish education, outreach and social-service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, contact Rabbi Kornfeld at 908-238-9002, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jewishhunterdon.com