Based in Rockville, Maryland, Jonathan Z. Maltzman serves as rabbi with the Kol Shalom Conservative Jewish community and emphasizes an inclusive approach to prayer and counsel. Jonathan Z. Maltzman maintains a strong commitment to social justice and supports nonprofit organizations such as MAZON, which provides food to the hungry.
Every year during Passover, MAZON poses an awareness-raising Fifth Question to complement its four traditional hunger-related questions and foster conversation “around the seder table.” This year’s focus was on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which stands as America’s largest and most effective hunger initiative, serving the needs of millions of children and families.
Unfortunately, proposals are in place that would significantly impact SNAP’s budget and its ability to provide timely, targeted support to those in need. The question posed by MAZON is how to best preserve this unique nationwide safety net, which provides continuous support in ways that temporary and seasonal charitable programs cannot.