Beginning Tuesday, March 12 until Thursday, March 21st, Met Council distributed 2.65 million pounds of food and $600,000 in food cards to more than 50,000 families in need this Passover. The 1.5 million pounds of produce, 20,000 pounds of poultry and 1 million pounds of Passover items such as grape juice and matzah were distributed at 115 different sites throughout the five boroughs.
Due to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy coupled with increasing kosher food prices, more households turned to their local food pantries for assistance and Met Council worked with our network of Jewish Community Councils to meet each neighborhood’s unique needs this holiday season.
Elected officials also showed their support of the distributions. Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Members Letitia James, Eric Ulrich, Jumaane Williams, Peter Vallone Jr. and Annabel Palma, and Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez volunteered to attend a distribution. NY 1, News 11, and News 12 sent reporters to cover the events. The 2013 Passover Distributions were made possible, in large part, by the generosity of CenterLight Health System and the year-round work of Met Council’s Food for Life Campaign.