Thanks to an anonymous donor, Met Council expanded its kosher food network to provide holiday meals for families in need ahead of Purim. These holiday food packages allowed families in the Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park and Boro Park communities to partake in holiday festivities despite the often prohibitive costs of kosher food. Volunteers from the Jewish Community Council of Far Rockaway and the Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush delivered the meals to the family’s homes.
Purim is one of the most joyous holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. On Purim it is customary to give charity to those in need and to deliver gifts of food to our neighbors.
“Purim is a time for celebration — and thanks to a generous Met Council supporter- 1,000 food insecure New Yorkers were able to join the Jewish community in marking the occasion with joy and dignity,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “In New York City, there are a half a million poor and near poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their family every day, these 1,000 meals allowed our clients to observe the holiday with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive. Many of our clients are in a unique need because of the additional expense of kosher food: on average a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.”
These Purim meals were part of Met Council’s year round Kosher Food Network, which provides a holistic care program of food packages, emergency food vouchers and prepared meals to supplement food to low-income households throughout New York City. These meals enabled Met Council clients to eat more healthfully — and ensured that they can use their limited income to meet other daily needs, such as rent, clothing and medications.
The meal included traditional staples, such as: challah, stuffed cabbage, vegetable soup, chicken, potato kugel, snap peas and hamantashen.