Chapter Spotlight: UC Davis

1. When was CfH at UC Davis founded and how? 
Challah for Hunger here at Davis was founded by Rachel Sabes and Sari Haskell in 2010. Rachel is the current programs director at our Hillel house and will be coming to the summit on January 18th! Rachel was chosen to be the social justice intern at Hillel back in 2010 and, together with the assistance of UCLAs chapter founder, founded Challah for Hunger here.

2. How many people are involved with challah baking and selling?
Currently, we have a board of 14 dedicated students who do everything from buying the ingredients to running the baking at Hillel on Wednesdays to selling on Thursdays. In addition, we get lots of help from volunteers. We have reached out to a couple of clubs on campus who come to help out on Wednesdays. We average about 30 volunteers a week but sometimes can have to up 75 in a really crazy week.

3. What is the most popular challah flavor at UC Davis?
I would say the most popular challah flavors are our pesto cheese or apple pie flavored challah.

4. Where do you sell challah?
At the moment we sell in front of our Hillel house, across the street from campus. We are working with administration to be able to sell on campus on the quad.

5. Where do you give your donations locally? And Why?
Our local charity is Yolo Food Bank (Yes Yolo County is a real place…we had it before Drake). We donate there because hunger in rural areas is typically higher than the national average. Yolo Food Bank serves 25,000 people each month and distributes 3 million pounds of food annually.

6. Describe your leadership team- who runs the show?
Our board consists of 14 amazing individuals. We have a President (Joshua Herskovitz), two Financial Coordinators (Akhilesh Kumar and Federica Sartori), two Marketing Coordinators (Jamie Bratman and David Kielsmeier), a Volunteers Coordinator (Addison James), three Productions Coordinators (Brielle Mansell, Rosa Sklovsky, and Amitai Cohen), one Advocacy Coordinator (Hannah Trumbull), one Freshman Liaison (Zoe Aspitz), and three brand new board members (Elianna Wasserman, Mikaela Bernhardt, and Elissa Goldman).

7. Do you partner with any other organizations? If yes, who and how?
Lots of on campus clubs come to volunteer at Challah for Hunger! Our awesome Volunteers Coordinator, Addison James is part of a volunteer and service list serve as well as reaches out and coordinates with different organizations each week. Some of the clubs and organizations that have volunteered for us in the past are: Circle K International, Student Nutrition Association, Food Tech Club, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi (SAEPI)

8. What is your best advice for chapters that are just starting?
My best advice would be to choose the executive board wisely. Board members can be your biggest asset but can also be your biggest liability. Choosing people who are from different clubs or groups on campus is key to reaching out to large amounts of people. Make sure that everyone is super dedicated and you have yourself a winning combination.

9. What’s your favorite Challah-pun (Challahday, Challah Back, etc)?
Personally, I like Challah-back. It is the name of our Facebook message where all of the board collaborates and I have good associations with it. I also like Challah Fame (hall of fame). David Kielsmeier made a pretty funny profile picture with that one using a really embarrassing picture of me so it makes me laugh.

10. How can other chapters be in touch with you?
Feel free to like our Facebook page (Challah for Hunger at Davis) or follow us on Instagram (challahforhunger_ucd) or email us at [email protected]com. If you want to get in touch with me personally feel free to email me at [email protected].

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