When KU freshman Adena Leon came to school at KU, she knew she wanted to start a KU chapter of the organization Challah for Hunger, where students bake challah for Jewish and local communities. Leon worked with staff at KU Hillel and through partnering with them, made the KU chapter a real thing.
Leon, who heard of the organization from a camp friend, said she thought KU was a perfect environment for the organization.
KU Hillel’s engagement associate Tori Luecking said working with Leon and the others to get Challah for Hunger going was something she was really excited about. For the first baking session, Luecking invited Leon and others involved over to her apartment so they could have a setting to start their baking.
“It's been really exciting to see such a passionate group of freshmen women start a Challah for Hunger chapter on campus,” Luecking said. “When they came to us with the idea we were excited to partner with them to get it started.”
All chapters raise money to donate to Mazon: The Jewish Response to Hunger, and the other half of the chapter’s donations go to an organization in the local community. The main goal is to raise awareness and money for global hunger crises.
“It's awesome to see members of the freshmen class so proactive and involved in our Jewish community on campus,” Luecking said.
Leon said she hopes to get more people involved as they continue to have more challah baking events later in the school year.
“My goal for this year is to really raise awareness about our organization and about the Global hunger issue,” Leon said. “I want to get people involved and to educate those around me about Challah for Hunger and the amazing work that we do.”