Faiths Unite for Eco Friendly Cook

Faiths Unite for Eco Friendly Cook

The first Mitzvah Day cooking event with our new ‘green’ theme took place this week, as people of multiple different faiths united for an environmentally friendly cook for the homeless.

Members of the Barnet Multi Faith Forum, Barnet United Synagogue, Haringey Muslim Community, Faith Matters and Camp Unity Borehamwood came together at JW3. It was the first time many of the people – from Jewish, Muslim, Humanist and Ismaili backgrounds – had met. Together they made soup, vegetarian curry and rice and apple crumble.

In order to meet our commitment to ‘going greener’ in 2019, the eco project used only vegetarian food to ensure a lower carbon-footprint, package-free ingredients where possible and local produce that otherwise would have gone to waste including apples grown in our Senior Projects and Partnerships Manager Debbie’s garden. The food also went to a close-by shelter, Ashford Place in Cricklewood, to ensure lower carbon emissions in transporting it there.

Mitzvah Day’s Interfaith Advisor Rabbi Jeff Berger said: “It was inspiring to be part of today’s interfaith team effort to cook a delicious three-course meal for the Ashford Place homeless shelter. Our volunteers, from widely diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, had such great energy we hardly noticed the time pass.”

“Our Abrahamic traditions are rooted in providing food hospitality. There’s something spiritually nourishing in group cooking, especially when the result is for someone we may never meet.”