Before the Jewish New Year, Met Council, elected officials and volunteers distributed kosher food, including 20 tons of apples, to an estimated 28,000 families in need at 66 sites throughout New York City. These holiday food packages allowed families across the five boroughs to partake in holiday festivities despite the often prohibitive cost of kosher food.
Prior to the Jewish holidays, Met Council distributes an increased amount of food because we understand the unique challenge of affording kosher food and the importance of food for rituals. Throughout the world, food is often the centerpiece of religious and cultural events. Sharing a meal with friends and family in times of celebration or observance carries symbolic meaning essential to the holidays they represent.
“In New York City, with more than half a million poor and near-poor Jewish New Yorkers, it is not only our mission, but our obligation to ensure that the most vulnerable New Yorkers, no matter their circumstances, have access to kosher and nutritious food year-round and especially during the holidays;” said Alan Schoor, CEO and Executive Director of Met Council. “Thanks to our partners in government, private donors and local Jewish Community Councils we are able to work towards meeting this need.”
These High Holiday food packages are part of Met Council’s year round, comprehensive kosher food program, through which we distribute 4.5 million pounds of food packages and more than $607,000 in emergency food vouchers to supplement low-income households to hungry Jews and others throughout New York City. These meals enable Met Council clients to eat more healthfully — and ensure that they can use their limited income to meet other daily needs, such as rent, clothing and medication.
The food packages include traditional staples, such as apples, honey, carrots, salmon, rice and milk.