Thousand Turkey Challenge


Each year, in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, West Side Campaign Against Hunger launches the Thousand Turkey Challenge. Together with our committed Community Coalition members, we challenge individuals and families across New York City to collect and donate at least 1,000 frozen turkeys for low-income families. Last year, we provided turkeys for 1,392 families.

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Hunger Facts

  • More than 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger.
  • That’s 42.2 million people, including 13.1 million children and 5.7 million seniors.
  • 20% of kids in the U.S. live in poverty.
  • Food insecure seniors are 40% more likely to experience congestive heart failure.
  • 15% of rural households in the U.S. are food insecure.

Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a lack of access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

Hunger statistics from – a conversation led by MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

The Thousand Turkey Challenge Community Coalition

The Thousand Turkey Challenge Community Coalition was founded by the Society for the Advancement of Judaism Social Justice Action Committee in partnership with West End Synagogue Social Action Committee, and includes:

  • Congregation Ansche Chesed
  • B’nai Jeshurun
  • Broadway United Church of Christ
  • The Calhoun School
  • The Center School
  • Collegiate School
  • Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
  • Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School
  • Columbia University Facilities
  • Doing Good Together
  • JCC Manhattan
  • Marble Collegiate Church
  • Mosaic Committee of Hunter College
  • Campus Schools
  • MS 54 Parent Association
  • Muslim Community Network
  • Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee
  • Parent Association of PS9
  • PS 87
  • Congregation Rodeph Sholom
  • Romemu
  • Second Presbyterian Church
  • The Society for the Advancement of Judaism
  • Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan
  • Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
  • West End Secondary School
  • West End Synagogue