April 7, 2014

Record Number of Jewish Poor to Receive Help this Passover

NEW YORKIf the economy appears to be recovering, Jewish relief agencies are certainly not feeling it. Sources in nearly a dozen cities say that the demand for help, including food for Passover, is at record numbers. The same is true in Israel where sources say that for the first time, hunger has become a real issue for some large Orthodox families. Nowhere is this trend felt more than in New York where agencies like Tomchei Shabbos, Keren Aniyim and Ohr Natan fielded record demands. 

Benny Wechsler, who heads the Kosher Food Pantry Program for Met Council on Jewish Poverty, said that his agency distributed more than 870,000 lbs of food including 10,000 lbs. of poultry and 1.3 million lbs. of produce. At Masbia, the network of soup kitchens in New York, they are distributing 2,500 packages, equaling 180,000 meals, in four sites. They anticipate serving nearly 10,000 people (4,000 adults and 6,000 children). The retail value of this drive is more than $600,000.