Last week, Met Council successfully secured an amendment to the federal Emergency Assistance Program that would require identifying kosher and halal food already in food banks to be easily distributed to Jewish and Muslim communities during crises by emergency food providers – such as food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.
“Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty is particularly grateful to Rep. Joe Crowley for his leadership on the Kosher/Halal Amendment to the Farm Bill,” said William E. Rapfogel, CEO/Executive Director of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. “In New York City, where nearly one million Jewish people live, more than 300,000 live at or below the poverty level and another 175,000 live in near poverty. Each month Met Council’s kosher food pantry network across the City provides food packages for 15,000 households. Our food rescue and Masbia soup kitchens feed hundreds more each week. Yet we are limited because of a system that does not consider kosher food a priority in cities like New York.”
“We are however concerned that with the various other details of the farm bill being challenged as to whether this amendment will ever be implemented. Therefore we are calling on the Department of Agriculture and the White House to implement its provisions without further delay.”