Students from The Heschel School joined Met Council for an on-going service program of learning and action. The volunteers participated in a SNAP (supplemental nutritional assistance program, formerly known as Food Stamps) budget simulation to demonstrate some of the challenges hungry New Yorkers face.
There are 1.3 million food insecure New Yorkers; one in five are children. For many of our clients, the high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge: on average, a kosher meal is 30% more expensive. While, statewide, most families run out of SNAP benefits by the third week each month, a family that keeps kosher runs out by the second week.
Following the project, the volunteers assembled nutritious meals that were distributed to clients in the Lower East Side.