American Jews Make Passover Possible for the Poor
Chicago Tribune – Before sunrise last Sunday, members of Chicago’s Jewish community descended on a Niles warehouse and assembled around a conveyor belt. As thousands of cardboard crates rolled by, an assembly line of volunteers packed eggs, matzo, celery, candles and wine — sacred staples for Passover.
But the volunteers weren’t preparing to set their own Seder tables. They were helping thousands of Jewish households who can’t afford to set their own. It’s a centuries-old labor of love called Maot Chitim, Hebrew for the custom of gathering wheat to provide for the poor.