On Thursday, UNC’s Challah for Hunger began its fifth year of selling challah in the Pit.
Members bake and sell an average of 100 loaves of bread per sale. Each loaf costs $4, and on Thursday, organizers offered four flavors: chocolate chip, cinnamon sugar, apple cinnamon and plain.
Challah for Hunger President Sophie Bergmann said the group, which is fully funded by Hillel, hopes to continue selling its bread while incorporating more hunger-relief advocacy this year.
“From an organizational perspective, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day logistics of making challah and everything that goes into this process of baking and selling,” Bergmann said. “But it’s important that everyone on campus is also informed.”
UNC’s Challah for Hunger chapter has operated since 2010, but it's part of a bigger organization nationwide.
Half of the proceeds from sales go to Mazon, a Jewish hunger-relief organization, and the other half go to a local nonprofit of the chapter's choice. The group donates almost $3,000 each year.
“I think the idea of being part of something bigger is really powerful,” Bergmann said. “Challah is an opportunity for students to give back on campus while also connecting with a larger cause.”
Brittany Glassberg, president of Challah for Hunger at Duke University, visited UNC's dough-making and baking session Wednesday to find new strategies for Duke’s chapter. The Duke group began baking and selling in the spring and donated $600 in its first semester.
“We’re just coming here to check out how y’all do it,” Glassberg said. “I think (Challah for Hunger) is a really great way to get students to come together.”