The Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee is happy to share our new Social Action Initiative of 2021: Sarah’s Meal. We are honored to be implementing this program for a very worthy cause.

The Book of Genesis describes a time when Sarah willingly chose to rush and prepare a fresh, hot meal to give away to a herd of total strangers passing through. Currently, at least hundreds of people pass through the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, including young parents and kids on the path to looking for refuge in other regions of the country. They make it with practically nothing besides the clothes they carry on their backs.

Inspired by this tale of generosity, we are thrilled to be doing our part to help and honored to have received support to make this happen.

Behind The Initiative

80 years ago, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus saved 50 Jewish children from the Nazis. This initiative is aimed to take action on today’s crisis of immigrants and refugees confined in detention centers and at constant risk of being deported.

Judaism’s teachings remind us that every single one of us deserves dignity and honor. In times where the federal immigration policy is unforgiving, the Reform Movement is shifting to advocate for more fair, compassionate policies toward undocumented immigrants.

Kraus Grant

We owe much of our gratitude to the Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus Initiative Immigrant and Refugee Justice Action Center for sharing their values with us and providing a $5000 grant. We would also like to acknowledge the high volume of donations graciously given from our local Temple members as well as other members across the country.

All this combined with our partnership with El Pollo Loco gives us the opportunity to make our vision a reality and supply a fresh, hot meal for the day that requires travel for only $1.50 per meal. We cannot stress enough how this would not be possible without support along with the work of our partners.

What’s Included in Sarah’s Meal

Original Pollo Bowls will be provided at the El Pollo Loco. For the price of $1.50, the individual will receive a Pollo Bowl and a wrapped cutlery set and napkin.

Ingredients are pinto beans, rice, flame-broiled chicken breast meat, onions, cilantro, and Pico de gallo.

Given how common these ingredients are, there are lower chances of allergies.

Here’s what you can expect in regards to its nutritional profile:

Serving Size 18.1 oz
Calories 530
Calories from fat 60
Total fat 7g
Satured fat 1.5g
Trans fat 0
Cholesterol 70mg
Protein 36g
Carbohydrates 81g
Sodium 1690mg
Dietary Fiber 10g
Sugars 3g

Please note that while the product itself holds well, it is not intended to be kept at room temperature for extended periods.

It can be refrigerated and reheated for later consumption, but any product held longer than about two hours should be refrigerated. Reheating is recommended, particularly with cilantro and onion. Freezing is not indicated, due to quality purposes.

Support Our Efforts To Help Those In Need

A local benefactor has granted congregational gifts to this program last month dollar-for-dollar of up to $1000, which significantly doubles the effect of any donation. If you would like to show your support and help us help others, now is the time to make any difference.

Keep in mind that all donations to Temple Emanuel and the Social Action Fund are tax deductible. Please pick Social Action Fund on the web form and mention “Sarah’s Meal” in the comments or memo line. All donations will go directly towards the provision of meals for those in need during these unprecedented times.



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