International Cultural Center

Youth Against Hunger

"I volunteered for the ICC in the Youth Against Hunger program for my Bat Mitzvah Project. Making sandwiches with all kinds of people from all ethnic backgrounds was great, being able to work together without judgment to help. It is a great way to meet people from the community and to build teamwork." Dara Greenwald, YAH Participant from Kehilat Shalom

Youth Against Hunger is our signature monthly program that was originally created in response to the State Department’s call to action, “2011 Hours Against Hate” and has grown into a regular program of the ICC. YAH builds awareness in youth about hunger and food insecurity issues, fostering a sense of social responsibility, tolerance and mutual respect. Designed upon a research-informed foundation, YAH bridges the intergroup divide by bringing a wide variety of Montgomery County residents together to address a community need – hunger.

On average, volunteers make 800 sandwiches, 2500 cereal packs, and 125 lbs. of freshly chopped vegetables, encouraging a healthy diet. Meals are delivered to several area homeless shelters.

We also include guest speakers to address topics such as how poverty affects our society and the importance of providing for the less fortunate. Recent speakers have included County Council Member George Levanthal, Interfaith Works Executive Director James Mannarino, and Reverend Kasey Kaseman of Montgomery County’s Office of Community Partnerships. SSL hours are available.

Contact: To participate or volunteer email Samia Haque (samia@www.theicc.net) or call 240-396-5380.

Donate: Feed needy families while bringing together diverse communities, click here to donate.

Previous YAH Events


Approximately 105 people gathered to make 700 sandwiches, cut 100 pounds of fresh vegetables and create 2500 cereal packs for local area shelters at Youth Against Hunger on October 25, 2015. In the tradition of community spirit which defines Youth Against Hunger, families and youth set record time – eagerly making the sandwiches in less […]

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On March 15th, 2015, nearly 150 youth and families came together at the International Cultural Center (ICC) to celebrate Good Deeds Day. The ICC, with its partner, Kehilat Shalom, hosted its “Youth Against Hunger” program, in which participants made 800 sandwiches and 2500 cereal packs for several area shelters. Good Deeds Day is an annual […]

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On January 18th, 2015, the International Cultural Center was privileged to host the MLK Day of Service. Nearly 150 people from all ages and walks of life came together to make 1000 sandwiches and 2500 cereal packs for several area shelters. In addition the ICC had the honor of hearing Steve Chaikin, Division Chief, Community […]

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On Sunday, December 7, 2014 over 130 volunteers participated in the ICC’s signature program, Youth Against Hunger. Sandwich making and cereal pack prep was efficient resulting in over 700 sandwiches and 2,000 cereal packs made in record time. Evan Glass, Interim Executive Director of the Ghandi Brigade, was the guest speaker for this engaging event. […]

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On October 26, 2014, more than 130 people came together to commemorate Community Service Day. Volunteers made 700 sandwiches and 2,000 cereal packs for shelters in Montgomery County. Designed upon a research-informed foundation, Youth Against Hunger bridges the intergroup divide by bringing a wide variety of Montgomery County residents together on a monthly basis to […]

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On September 28, over 100 people came together to commemorate the Day to Serve, a unique event that inspired diverse people of this wide Mid-Atlantic region of the United States to put aside their political, religious, and cultural differences to strengthen our collective communities by working together to “feed the hungry and heal the planet.” Designed upon […]

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Thanks so much to all our volunteers who helped make this months Youth Against Hunger a packed and efficient day of community, charity and solidarity. With Summer upon us, we had a few new event staff volunteers, as well as some of our more familiar faces taking on new and different roles. All in all, […]

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Thank you so much to all the volunteers who took time out of their busy schedules to help those less fortunate at yesterday’s Youth Against Hunger at the ICC.  We had another busy afternoon of sandwich making & cereal packing for 9 local shelters in Montgomery County, and we were also joined by Montgomery County’s […]

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For our Youth Against Hunger program on February 23rd, 2014, the ICC was privileged to have Elizabeth McGlynn as its guest speaker. As Executive Director of Girls on the Run, Elizabeth was pleased to see so many young people gathered at February’s event (yet another packed house at the ICC!) and she was kind enough to […]

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Thanks to all our volunteers who took part in our Youth Against Hunger program on December 15th! Your passion for service and enthusiasm for helping those in need was an inspiration. We look forward to seeing you all next month! In the meantime, here are some photos of the event:

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Thanks to all of our great event staff, volunteers and supporters who came out to the ICC’s Youth Against Hunger event this past Sunday. We’d also like to thank our amazing guest speaker Judith Clarke from Women Who Care Ministries. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon, until then see if you […]

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent Youth Against Hunger event. Our event staff at the ICC and other volunteers work so hard to make sure these sandwiches are made with care and it’s wonderful to see what a difference we are able to make when we all get together. Special thanks also […]

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Thanks to all who came out to our Youth Against Hunger event at the ICC this past September 15th, which also saw us commemorate A Day to Serve, by donating food to Nourish Now. Appropriately, our special guest speaker was Brett Myers, founder of Nourish Now, who have been helping thousands in the Montgomery County […]

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A huge thank you to everyone in the neighborhood who came by to lend their support to Youth Against Hunger this past Sunday. It was a huge success and you can browse some of the photos from the afternoon below. See you next month!

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The ICC held its monthly ‘Youth Against Hunger’ event this past May 19th and had a wonderful turnout of vibrant and enthusiastic children, parents and guests who volunteered two hours of their time to help make sandwiches for local homeless shelters. We had a great time along the way (as you’ll see from the photos) […]

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Many thanks to everyone who came out for the ICC’s Youth Against Hunger last week. We had a smashing time and are so grateful to all the volunteers who do their part in helping those less fortunate around them. looking forward to seeing you all again next time around!

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On September 2nd 2013, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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In honor of the President’s National Day of Service, 2013, ICC held its community service project– Youth Against Hunger. Youth Against Hunger is a regular program of ICC that brings diverse communities together to make sandwiches for the homeless and to raise awareness on the importance of helping the needy.  We are grateful to our 90 […]

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On October 21th 2012, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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On September 2nd 2012, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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On Sunday, August 26, 2012 from 4pm to 6pm, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service program, “Youth Against Hunger” to make sandwiches for the local shelters.The Youth Against Hunger program strives to bring diverse communities together to make sandwiches for the homeless. The ICC donated sandwiches to the following local shelters: 1. […]

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On July 28th 2012, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent Youth Against Hunger event. Our event staff at the ICC and other volunteers work so hard to make sure these sandwiches are made with care and it’s wonderful to see what a difference we are able to make when we all get together.  

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On December 10th 2011, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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On November 12th 2011, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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On September 24th 2011, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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On August 6th 2011, the International Cultural Center continued the monthly community service project to make a total of 2000 sandwiches this year for local shelters in the greater Washington, DC area. The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults representing the world’s religions with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists […]

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Thanks so much to all our volunteers who helped make this months Youth Against Hunger a packed and efficient day of community, charity and solidarity. With Summer upon us, we had a few new event staff volunteers, as well as some of our more familiar faces taking on new and different roles. We made 700 […]

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On Saturday, June 4, 2011 ICC launched it’s first community service program and brought together many area multicultural youth to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for local shelters.

The event, entitled “Youth Against Hunger,” was attended by youth and adults spanning the spectrum of Abrahamic faiths breaking bread….and making sandwiches for the needy.

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