Challah for Hunger @ Stanford

Baking a Difference

Challah for Hunger brings people together to bake and sell challah to raise money and awareness for social justice. As a chapter, we have pledged to partner with other student groups at Stanford in order to support a wide range of humanitarian organizations in addition to Swipe Out Hunger, our primary beneficiary. Swipe Out Hunger is an organization dedicated to combating hunger for all college students. We have a diverse reach on campus and in the surrounding community, and the Challah for Hunger at Stanford chapter and all of its partners are committed to supporting humanitarian organizations of all shapes and forms, local and international.

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Campus Hunger Project

As of September 2016 the Challah for Hunger at Stanford chapter has pledged to participating in the Campus Hunger Project, a joint Mazon/CfH initiative kicked off at the 2016 Challah for Hunger Summit in July. The overarching goal of the Campus Hunger Project is to help food-insecure students at colleges and universities across the country get the food support they need, and the Stanford chapter is proud to be spearheading this effort not only on its own campus but also in other locations in Silicon Valley.

Learn more about the campus hunger project

Flavor Calendar: Winter 2020

Each loaf is $5, and if you order seven or more loaves in one week, you get an extra of your choice for free! We have five weekly flavors, and one rotating special flavor.

Weekly flavors:
Original | Raspberry White Chocolate | Vegan Cinnamon Raisin | Chocolate Chip | Garlic Rosemary
Special flavors, co-sponsors, and beneficiaries:
January 16
Alpha Kappa Alpha | Camp Kesem
January 23
Sigma Alpha Epsilon | TBD
January 30
Doctors Without Porders | TBD
Raspberry White Chocolate
February 6
February 13
5Sure on Foot | TBD
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip
November 7
Chi O | Make a Wish
Cinnamon Bun
November 14
November 21
Camp Kesem | TBD
Thanksgiving Meal

Volunteer with us!

We host weekly baking sessions on Thursdays in the Koret Kitchen at Hillel@Stanford, and we love having volunteers! You don't need any baking or braiding experience - we'll teach you everything you need to know.

Dough-Making | 4:00 - 6:00pm

Braiding and Baking | 7:00 - 8:30pm

Sales | 9:00 - 10:30pm

Want to sign your group up to co-sponsor a bake or have general questions about volunteering? Shoot an email to Devorah at

Want to become a dorm distributor? Talk to Alaiah at


We donate over 85% of our revenue to either Swipe Out Hunger or a non-profit organization chosen by one of our co-sponsors and use the rest to purchase ingredients. This is only made possible through the support of the Challah for Hunger national organization and the generosity of Stanford Hillel for the space that we use. Please consider donating to Challah for Hunger and/or Stanford Hillel to help us thank them and to support the Challah for Hunger chapter network.

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Our Impact

Loaves baked in 17-18


Funds donated in 17-18


Loaves baked this fall


Funds raised this fall


With your help, this academic year we want to push $20,000.

Past partner organizations

    alpha phi
    alpha epsilon phi
    alpha kappa alpha
    alpha kappa delta phi
    assu executive
    atheists, humanists, and agnostics
    branner hall
    camp kesem stanford
    cancer coalition
    chi omega
    community, health, and learning through service in sri lanka
    jewish student association
    jewish queers
    kids with dreams
    lambda phi epsilon
    los hermanos de estánford
    pih engage
    pilipino american student union
    sigma alpha epsilon
    sigma phi epsilon
    sigma theta psi
    stanford equestrian team
    stanford outdoor outreach program
    tau beta pi

Past beneficiaries

    abilities united
    alpha phi foundation
    alyssa house
    avon breast cancer crusade
    avon foundation for women
    asian american donor program
    bay area wilderness training
    camp kesem
    charlotte maxwell clinic
    children's miracle network hospitals
    ecumenical hunger program
    elizabeth glaser pediatric aids foundation
    habitat for humanity
    mabuhay health center
    make a wish foundation
    national center for equine facilitated therapy
    palo alto opportunity center
    partners in health
    partners in health: rwanda
    sarvodaya usa
    second harvest food bank
    wateraid america

Our Story

Challah for Hunger began at Stanford in 2008 - 2009, launched by Helen Helfand, the then Social Action Chair for the Jewish Students' Organization, and Eva Orbuch. It began as a small operation in and social gathering outside the kitchen of Columbae, a co-operative house on the Row making roughly 40 loaves a week. Initially, we donated half of our proceeds to the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) and half to local charities such as the Palo Alto Opportunity Center. The following year, the kitchen at Hillel at Stanford opened and we were able to bake in a space partly dedicated to our cause. Led by Rebecca Hecht and Eva Orbuch, our organization became more streamlined and more efficient, producing roughly 80 loaves every Thursday night and selling in White Plaza, a central location on Stanford's campus, every Friday afternoon. The leadership of CfH@Stanford included reform Jews, an Orthodox Jew, Catholics, protestants, and an atheist, and our reach quickly spanned more than just JSA and the reform community. In 2010 - 2011, we introduced the co-sponsorship model that allowed for Stanford student groups to volunteer together and decide which local charities they wanted to support. The co-sponsorship model increased challah production to 150 loaves per week. With a strong kitchen management team in 2012 - 2013, our production ramped up to and peaked at 200 loaves per week, our current production level. In 2014 - 2015 we followed in Challah National's footsteps and began supporting Mazon rather than AJWS to more directly impact solutions to global hunger, and in 2016 - 2017 we raised over $26,000. As of 2019-2020, we now partner with Swipe Out Hunger

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Co-Directors Clara and Devorah,