Houston Chapter of Hadassah Honors Second Servings Founder at ‘Women Who Do’ Luncheon

When Barbara Bronstein witnessed firsthand how several tables at a charity event in 2013 had ‘no-show’ seating with plates of delicious lunches going to waste, her dynamic mind kicked into high gear. .

Inspired to learn more about the country’s staggering food waste in the face of growing food insecurity, the former national food and beverage industry marketing executive founded what has become one of the purpose-built organizations most synergistic nonprofits in the city. Second Servings of Houston collects high-quality, unsold and unserved food and delivers it to local nonprofits for free.

On Tuesday, January 17 at 11:30 a.m., the Houston Chapter of Hadassah will honor Bronstein at its 2023 “Women Who Do” luncheon — for her exemplary volunteer leadership in helping feed more than 175,000 needy Houstonians each year.

“Hadassah is so proud that Barbara’s first-ever food rescue took place at her 2013 Women of Courage luncheon,” said Debbie Gersh, co-chair of the event with Fanny Frederick.

“Having her be our first recipient of the ‘Women Who Do’ award couldn’t be more fitting,” Gersh said. “Barbara is definitely an actress, as a lifetime member of Hadassah, beloved leader of Hadassah, former president of our Annie Leff group for two years, and gatekeeper to Hadassah.”

The Hadassah “Women Who Do” benefit luncheon, to be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd., will also feature a food rescue challenge, with three renowned chefs representing different segments of the food industry donating excess food at Second Portions. These include Executive Chef Ruffy Sulaiman, Hilton Americas-Houston (hospitality); Executive Chef Sean Moore, Hess Corporation (corporate dining); and Executive Chef Andres Albarran, Houston Catering Concepts (events).

Chefs will be challenged to create an exceptional four-course menu from ingredients they have selected during a Second Servings food rescue at Trader Joe’s. The dishes will then be replicated for the Hadassah “Women Who Do” lunch. The whole process will be captured on film and shown over lunch.

To date, thanks to chefs like these and over 400 other food donors, Second Servings has saved over $58 million worth of perfectly edible food, diverting £8.5 million from landfills.

All proceeds from the Jan. 17 luncheon will benefit Hadassah’s Houston Chapter. Event and table sponsorships are available, as well as individual tickets and premiere seating.

Hadassah’s Houston Chapter, which has 15 groups with 3,500 members, associates and supporters spread across Southwest Houston, Clear Lake, Galveston, Spring and The Woodlands, raises funds for Hadassah. Through education, advocacy, and youth development, as well as its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah improves the health and lives of people in Israel, the United States United and around the world.

Its “Research in the Service of Humanity” campaign shares the discoveries made at HMO with the world. Current research is being conducted to treat ALS, MS, age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and COVID 19.

Locally, Hadassah groups also support Every Beat Counts: Hadassah’s Heart Health Program, Let My People Read, Pikuah Nefesh, Shalom Bayit, Camp Young Judaea, and Israel Youth Programs.

To become a table captain sponsor or to purchase tickets, email [email protected].