Boca’s Congregation B’nai Israel collects thousands of pounds of food for donation

Shelby Jacob, 15, loads donated food onto a truck at Congregation B’nai Israel on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, as the synagogue collected food for the needy in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Food Bank. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Shelby Jacob, 15, loads donated food onto a truck at Congregation B’nai Israel on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, as the synagogue collected food for the needy in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Food Bank. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

BOCA RATON — For the 23rd year in a row, several members of Congregation B’nai Israel spent Yom Kippur collecting and dropping off thousands of pounds of food for donation.

Liam Helie (left), 13, and Adam Sobel, 11, sort through bags of donated food at Congregation B’nai Israel on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, as the synagogue collected food for the needy in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Food Bank. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Liam Helie (left), 13, and Adam Sobel, 11, sort through bags of donated food at Congregation B’nai Israel on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 12, 2016, as the synagogue collected food for the needy in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Food Bank. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

The synagogue, at  2200 Yamato Road, gave its congregates empty bags on Rosh Hashanah, which began Oct. 2, and asked them to fill the bags with food and drop them off Yom Kippir, Wednesday, Oct. 12. B’nai Isreal estimates more than 10,000 pounds of food was collected from hundreds of congregates.

The foods collected were donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank, which distributes foods to several nonprofits that aim to curb hunger and food insecurity, or being unsure of your next meal. Feed My Community, Jacobson Family Food Pantry of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family ServicesC.R.O.S. Ministries and Boca Helping Hands are among the organizations that will distribute the foods.

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