Recent analysis shows that there are more than 300,000 people living in approximately 80,000 poor and near-poor Jewish households that keep kosher (Jewish dietary laws), according to data collected in the most recent The Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty by UJA-Federation of NY in consultation with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
The high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge for many New Yorkers: on average, a kosher meal is 30% more expensive. To enable these households to celebrate the Passover holiday, Met Council distributed 2.2 million pounds of kosher-for-Passover food to families in need and provided more than $430,000 in food cards to purchase kosher-for-Passover food.
“The Passover Haggadah teaches us to ‘let all who are hungry come to our table,”’ said Met Council CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “With one in four Jewish New Yorkers struggling to feed their families kosher and nutritious foods, Met Council’s extraordinary staff works every day with our Jewish Community Council network — located on the front lines in all five boroughs — and City and State agency partners to provide dignified solutions to hunger. The 2.2 million pounds of food the $430,000 in food cards we distributed enabled our clients to observe Passover with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive.”
Ahead of Jewish holidays, Met Council distributes an increased amount of food packages and food cards because we understand the unique challenges of affording kosher food and the importance of food for rituals. These Passover food cards enable our clients the purchase power at local kosher supermarkets.
Click here to view NY1’s visit to Met Council and Shorefront JCC’s kosher-for-Passover food distribution.