April 11, 2011

Record Distribution of Food to Jewish Poor

New York…Jewish social service agencies across the country report record distribution of kosher food in advance of the Passover holiday. In New York City alone, Met Council on Jewish Poverty will be distributing over 1.8 million lbs. of kosher food at more than 70 locations throughout the five boroughs. A spokesperson for Met Council added that 50,000 families will be assisted over the Passover season, with more than 1.2 million pounds of produce and 50,000 pounds of Matzoh donated to those in need. This year’s donations are the largest ever in the history of the Met Council, with 10% more food being given away than last year. According to William Rapfogel, Executive Vice President of Met Council, the ranks of the Jewish poor continue to increase as a result of the ongoing depressed economic climate. At its annual Food for Life event at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on April 7th, more than $350,000 was raised to help fund the increased distribution. The event honored Greg Rosenbaum, CEO of Empire Kosher Poultry, Walter Scheib, former White House Chef, and Temple Shaaray Tefila. CBS 2 Anchor Don Dahler was the event’s emcee.


New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Members Elizabeth Crowley and Karen Koslowitz, and the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company made an emergency donation of one thousand pounds of Kosher for Passover food to the Queens Jewish Community Council Kosher Food Pantry as supplies needed to provide Kosher for Passover food to families in need was nearly depleted. According to the Queens Jewish Community Council in January of 2009 its food pantry served 689 people in need. In February of 2009 they served 930 in need. The number soared to 1,121 in January of 2010 and 1,818 in February of 2010.