Special Deliveries: 200 PB&J Sandwiches
Ever wonder what happens to the 200 sandwiches we make every Friday Night?
This is how the peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches take to get into the hands of Cleveland's hungry.
Before The Journey Begins
Before the sandwiches are delivered, we stop at two Panera‘s Bread locations (one at Harvard Park and one at Wilson Mills) to collect their donations of pastries and bread.
We meet at the Wilson Mills Panera's to consolidate the donations and boxes of PB&J for the trip downtown. Some PB&J sandwiches and Panera's bread go directly to the Edward Keating Center on W. 117th Street and Carbon Avenue; the others have a different journey.
We take the Shoreway to the W. 28th St. exit where we begin to distribute sandwiches to the people on the street.
The first sandwiches are handed out on West 25th at St. Malachi Center, where there are usually 5 to 7 people around the buildings.
We then take the Detroit/Superior Bridge to W. 9th. There, in a corner doorway, is a regular recipient, who wraps himself in plastic for warmth. He usually asks for sandwiches and water.
Public Square is the next stop, followed by the Old Stone Church, St. Clair and E. 9th St. and E. 12th Street under benches installed there and in the bus shelters.
The Greyhound station and the adjacent parking lot, is our next destination, then on to a bus shelter near the Bishop T. Cosgrove building.
The Norma Herr Women's Center on E. 30th St and Payne Avenue takes some of the Panera‘s bread and sandwiches. If we have the energy, we go down Superior to E. 40th and then back up toward E. 20th Street on St. Clair.
We drop off whatever we have left at the Lutheran Ministries Men‘s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside Avenue.
Donations from Panera‘'s and/or Chick-Fil-A also go to the Casa Alma Center at 3387 Fulton Avenue run by a west side Hispanic non-profit group known as UMADOT.
Two Hours and Several Volunteers
This route starts at around 10:20 p.m. (we have to wait for Panera‘s to close) and we get back to the Temple parking lot around 12:30 a.m. The regulars who always are performing this Tzedakah are: Peter Freimark, TJ Summers, Brett Lipton, Sheryl & Paul Miller, Allan Miner; Rabbi Matt Eisenberg, Larry Heller are now coming along on the trip.
Not Just PB&J
Any who ask also get a bottle of water. In the winter, we provide coats and blankets to anyone who is in need.
Want to Help
If you would like to help out, just come to services at 7:30 p.m. any Friday. Also, you can call the temple office.
Donations of peanut butter, jelly, ziploc sandwich bags (quart size) or food service gloves are gladly accepted. Our most urgent need is usually sandwich bags.
This is the journey 200 PB & J sandwiches take every Friday.