Walmart Awards $25,000 to Met Council to Feed Hungry New Yorkers

With the recent news surrounding the dramatic increase of Jewish poverty numbers across New York City, organizations like the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) are faced with serving more clients than ever before. In response to the need for community support, the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program has awarded $25,000 to Met Council’s Kosher Food Network.

“We are extremely grateful for Walmart’s ongoing support of Met Council’s mission. By awarding us these funds, Walmart is creating greater opportunities to get food directly to the New Yorkers who need it most,” said Met Council CEO William E. Rapfogel. “With the combination of greater client need and fewer government resources, we heavily rely on donations and grants from community organizations like the Walmart Foundation. Their unwavering support is invaluable.”

“The Met Council is helping to feed thousands of hungry New Yorkers each year,” said Steven Restivo, senior director of community affairs for Walmart.  “At Walmart, we’re always looking for ways to make nutritious food more accessible and provide long-term solutions to eradicating hunger.  We hope this contribution plays a role in helping the Met Council meet its goals in New York City.”

Met Council’s Kosher Food Network is the largest in the United States distributing nearly five and a half million pounds of food at 35 neighborhood sites each year to low income families and individuals. Food packages are distributed to over 15,000 families monthly, with an even larger number distributed during the holidays. Met Council also provides food vouchers, meal delivery to senior citizens, and three free kosher community restaurants. The new Met Council Food Rescue Program distributes excess food, that would otherwise go to waste, to families in need.