On October 27, 175 volunteers of all ages from The Heschel School, Park East Day School, Ramaz, SAR and Solomon Schechter of Manhattan partnered with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in a community wide afternoon of service taking action against hunger in New York City. All food packaged directly impacted and benefited Met Council’s various programs and needy New Yorkers served each year.
Combating food insecurity is one of Met Council’s top priorities. Met Council is constantly on the forefront of creating innovative approaches to fighting hunger. Our kosher pantry system distributed five million pounds of kosher food at 35 monthly sites each year to 550,000 low income families and individuals throughout the five boroughs of NYC.
The day included: volunteers filling 50 bags with food for Chanukah to make latkas, including: potatoes, oils, apple sauce, gelt; making 500 sandwiches, preparing 50 servings of corn and bean salad and 50 trail mix bags. In addition, a chef from The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts taught how to create healthy kosher meals. The day concluded with a multi-school basketball shootout.
Sunday’s event was part of Met Council’s 40 for 40 initiative. In celebration of Met Council’s 40 years of service in the community, we engaged 40 partners in volunteer service throughout the month of Cheshvan (Oct 6th to Nov 3rd) through a Jewish Social Action Month (JSAM) grant from UJA-Federation.