As part of a community wide volunteer day, hundreds of young professionals, families and seniors took action against hunger in New York City. Volunteers from Met Council and UJA-Federation of New York, Engage learned about the prevalence of hunger in the City and participated in various projects to feed our neighbors. Volunteers leaders about SNAP benefits from Met Council Benefits Access Staff, packaged trail mix in bags labeled with information on how to access to public benefits, sorted and packaged over 200 bags of Kosher food for families in need, created nearly 200 children’s winter activity packages to be distributed by Met Council’s Kosher Food Network, and participated in a panel on food insecurity and ways to respond followed by writing letters to local leadership.
Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response began in 2012 and is a joint effort to raise food and funds to replenish food pantries and soup kitchens that feed hungry neighbors. Together, Catholic Charities, UJA-Federation, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies hope to maximize their combined efforts to distribute 1 million meals to feed the hungry across New York.