At the fourth annual Stand up for Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home), Met Council and 20 volunteers packaged lipstick cases with contact information on where victims can receive help. This effort raised awareness of the alarming increase of domestic violence incidents in New York City. The lipstick cases were distributed by New York City Council Members […]


Before the Jewish New Year,  Met Council, elected officials and volunteers distributed kosher food, including 20 tons of apples, to an estimated 28,000 families in need at 66 sites throughout New York City.  These holiday food packages allowed families across the five boroughs to partake in holiday festivities despite the often prohibitive cost of kosher […]


This school year, Met Council helped students start the year off right. New school supplies are often cost prohibitive for many low income families. Met Council distributed more than 1,400 backpacks to families at Boro Park JCC, Canarsie JCC, Crown Heights JCC, JCC of Marine Park, JCC of Rockaway Peninsula, Queens JCC, JCC of Washington […]


This month, Met Council officially welcome 80 low income seniors into their new affordable apartments in Met Council’s Council Towers VII in Co-Op City.  The residents joined the residents living in the adjacent Council Towers I and III. “We know that the single greatest challenge faced by our clients is the lack of affordable housing.  Particularly vulnerable […]


Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) honored New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer; New York City Public Advocate Letitia James; New York State Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz; New York City Council Members Rafael Espinal, Alan Maisel, and Eric Ulrich; Commissioner of New York City Department of Youth and Community Development Bill Chong; and volunteers […]


Met Council celebrated its third Ladies Day Out event, benefiting its Family Violence Program. The event raised more than $68,000 in critical funds, which will support access to safe shelter, summer camp scholarships for children, moving expenses, and replacement documents. “At Met Council, we know that the face of domestic violence is as diverse as […]


Before Passover, Met Council helped ensure that the poor and near-poor kosher homes are empowered to celebrate Passover with joy and dignity.  Met Council’s Kosher Food Network provided kosher for Passover food to over 160,00 hungry New Yorkers at 111 citywide sites. The high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge for many New Yorkers: on […]