As Poverty Numbers Climb, Met Council Helps New York City Families in Need Celebrate Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish Voice
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As Poverty Numbers Climb, Met Council Helps New York City Families in Need Celebrate Rosh Hashanah

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Food distributions were held across all five boroughs

Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, represents a time of renewal and new beginnings. Sadly, for many needy Jewish New Yorkers, it is another reminder of the challenges of living without many necessities including food.

The need is more evident than ever before with the recent release of the Jewish Community Study of New York, highlighting that today more than half a million New York City Jews are living in or near poverty. By providing the food for holiday meals for those in need, Met Council is working to alleviate the root causes of hunger and build hope throughout the community for the New Year.

Together with its network of Jewish Community Councils (JCCs), Met Council has provided approximately 400,000 pounds of kosher food to over 25,000 families this holiday season. During these distributions, an astounding 19,000 pounds of carrots, 12,000 pounds of challah, 18,000 jars of honey, 40,000 pounds of apples, and more than 16,000 bottles of grape juice have been given out to date.

High Holiday food outreach is an essential part of Met Council’s year-round Kosher Food Network, which includes monthly distributions of food packages for individuals and families. “This year we are seeing more individuals and families than ever welcome the Jewish New Year without a job or paycheck,” said Met Council CEO William E. Rapfogel. “Each and every one of us has a deep and abiding responsibility for one another, which is always clearest as we approach holidays or special occasions and realize how many people do not have the good fortune to enjoy them. It’s our goal to ensure that New Yorkers in need will have one less worry when it comes to providing for the holiday.”

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