Reform Jews hope to bag 1.5 million lbs. of food

"We want to make this year's Yom Kippur fast a feast for those whose daily fast is neither symbolic nor voluntary," said Rabbi Eric Yoffie, UAHC president-elect.

Last year, 1 million pounds of groceries were collected and distributed to the poor.

"This year, because of the drastic cuts in government aid for the poor, we feel we must increase our collection by 50 percent," said Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.

In a number of places, groceries collected during the Reform movement's food drive are the largest single donation that food distribution centers receive during the entire year.

This year's drive will be the sixth annual effort by the UAHC.