Met Council, The Jewish Education Project and the New York City Department of Education, with the support of the UJO of Williamsburg and the Jewish Community Council of Boro Park, provided 4,000 free kosher lunches to school-age children from low-income families.
Kosher Summer Meals was launched in 2012 to help low-income families provide nutritious meals for their children, particularly during the last week of summer when children lack access to meals they ordinarily receive through school or camp. The program mirrors the Citywide Summer Meals program, while acknowledging the needs of kids who keep kosher. The program was created in response to the alarming number of children living in poor Jewish households. In Brooklyn alone, there are 168,800 poor and near-poor Jewish households with children, and 45% of all children in New York City area live in households that are at or near the poverty line.
“In New York City, there are one-half million poor and near poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their family every day,” said David M. Frankel, CEO and Executive Director of Met Council. “This year’s summer meals helped families feed their children nutritious meals that otherwise would have been cost prohibitive. We thank the generosity of our donor and the hard work of our partners: Chancellor Farina and the New York City Department of Education, Rabbi Schloss and The Jewish Education Project, Rabbi Niederman and UJO of Williamsburg and Rabbi Silber and the JCC of Boro Park.”
“It’s truly inspirational to be part of this multi-agency collaboration serving the common good,” said Rabbi Dr. Martin A. Schloss, Director of Government Relations & General Studies, at The Jewish Education Project. “There is no better way to prepare for the New Year.”
“The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg is very happy to join together with our great partners at Met Council and The Jewish Education Project to once again bring kosher lunches to children in Williamsburg,” Rabbi David Niederman, President of The United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn. “The meals being distributed this week help some of the community’s poorest children have a satisfying and nutritious meal when camp is over and before schools start.”
“It is most gratifying coming back every year and seeing our neighborhood children enjoying a good nutritious lunch in the park, especially this week when most camps have ended and school has not yet begun” said Rabbi Yeruchim Silber, Executive Director of Boro Park Jewish Community Council. “I am most grateful to our partners in this project for their ongoing support”