What does a chapter do?
A typical CfH chapter bakes loaves of challah throughout the year with a dedicated team of volunteers, sells the challah to the community, engages the community and volunteers in acts of advocacy, and donates their proceeds to our international and local causes. [this could definitely be better]
Do we have to bake every week?
You do not have to bake every week, but you do need to bake at regular intervals, whether that is every week, every other, or once a month. Challah for Hunger is not a one time program or haphazardly done every once in a while. Starting a chapter of CfH is an investment in making something that will last.
What do we do about banking?
We provide free financial services – banking, financial tracking, and support – for all of our chapters. Challah for Hunger strongly recommends that you use our Bank of America account for banking. Our online tracking features make it possible to keep close track of your profits, deposits, donations, and reimbursement checks. If necessary because of a Hillel or student government rule, you are permitted to use their banking accounts, but still need to track your finances with us.
Do you have a chapter in my community?
Please check out our Chapter Map to see the current list of active chapters.
What can I name my chapter?
Please be specific and reasonable when creating your name. We have new chapters all the time, and its frustrating if they cannot use a name for their chapter because a former chapter named themselves too generally. For example, Challah for Hunger Prague is better than Challah for Hunger Czech Republic because it allows for more than one chapter in each city/community to emerge.
What isn’t Challah for Hunger?
Challah for Hunger isn’t a challah baking club, a one time program of a Hillel or Chabad, an organization only meant for your friends, or only built to last one year at your school. Challah for Hunger isn’t a bake sale, a fundraiser for your organization or a one person endeavor. Challah for Hunger chapters are built to last, do hunger advocacy and education, and foster leaders to further the organization and become future philanthropists.
How does being a recognized chapter change what we do?
Many students “test” Challah for Hunger on their campus and then contact us to become an official chapter. Becoming a recognized chapter brings your the perks of being part of an active and supportive community! You’ll receive support from Challah for Hunger International, have the opportunity to partake in trainings and celebrations with other chapters, and feel the camaraderie of our incredible community of chapters!
Does the challah have to be kosher?
CfH International has no kosher requirement. We recommend looking for a commercial kitchen if possible, because often campuses have restrictions on where the challah can be baked if you are going to sell it on campus. It is important to know your community and customer base. Are you going to be primarily selling to an observant community that would care if the bread was kosher? Or are you going to be selling to college students that mainly care if their challah has chocolate chips?
Do I get any free stuff?
Once your chapter has had your first successful test bake, we’ll send you a care package full of all kinds of goodies. When we can, we also love to surprise chapters with goodies throughout the year!
Do I have to sign a contract?
You do! But don’t worry, its nothing scary. Basically, the contract lays out what we promise to do, and what we will expect from you. On your end, that means committing to things like responsible money management (including baking and sales reports), proper kitchen hygiene for your volunteers, and donating the money to appropriate causes. Here is the most current version of the chapter contract.
How do I start a chapter?
Please fill out the application linked on this page with as much information as you currently have. A staff member will be in contact with you after they review the application to discuss next steps.
Are there annual dues?
No! There is no set amount of annual dues, however, after your first year of operations, we ask each chapter to donate 5% of your proceeds to the chapter fund. This fund facilitates other chapters starting up, and allows us to support the chapters with training opportunities, capacity to fund improvements, and in other cool ways.
Does Challah for Hunger cover any of my costs?
Challah for Hunger does not cover chapter operating costs. Your chapter is a living, breathing business– and we expect you to invest some of your profits in your ingredients, materials, and marketing. Many chapters have found it helpful to get a small loan from their university to cover their start up costs, or to simply use the first bake to raise money to put themselves in the black. Be creative!
I know Challah for Hunger isn’t just about baking and selling challah, but also an opportunity for advocacy and education? How do we do this?
There are a lot of ways to do education and advocacy. Existing chapters do everything from offering postcards and a specific letter that challah buyers can write to their senator on a hunger related issue to bringing in a refugee from Darfur to talk about why the work we support there is important. Various chapters volunteer with organizations they donate to, sign petitions, and present educational flyers about the state of hunger in their community. There are endless ways, and we can provide support and ideas.
Where does the chapter donate the money?
We expect chapters to donate their money to social justice causes through registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations. Half of proceeds should go to a global organization fighting hunger, such as American Jewish World Services, Challah for Hunger’s current national cause. The other half of proceeds should be donated locally to an organization making an impact in your community. We also ask that chapters donate at 5% back to Challah for Hunger each year to the Chapter Investment Fund, which supports the growth of new chapters.
A couple of examples of non-profits where chapters contribute include Food Forward, the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry, and Foods and Friends in Washington D.C.
Do I have to be Jewish to start a chapter?
No! Even though we identify as a Jewish organization, Challah for Hunger is for everyone and many of our chapters and members are not Jewish.
How will Challah for Hunger support me as a chapter?
We have amazing challah alumni called “chapter advisors” that work to support your chapter’s development and help you troubleshoot throughout the year. They are an amazing resource, and each chapter has their own individualized advisor. We also provide opportunities for collaboration between chapters, hold virtual educational sessions on various entrepreneurial and advocacy topics, and host annual leadership Summits to bring students together to geek out about Challah goodness, among many other things! We are here to support YOU!
Who can I contact for more information?
If you have read through all the information on the website, and aren’t quite ready to take the plunge, but have specific questions, you are welcome to shoot an email to [email protected]ger.org. A staff member or volunteer will respond to your email within a few business days.