As it has for many years, Met Council participated in Kosherfest 2016, conducted November 15-16 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Kosherfest is the most highly attended kosher-certified products trade show for the kosher food industry. At this year’s show, there were approximately 325 vendors exhibiting, with products ranging from baked goods and chocolate, to packaged meats, cheese and kosher wine. It was estimated that 6,000 people attended the show.
“Kosherfest was a great opportunity to collect quality kosher surplus food, which was distributed to Met Council’s clients through our warehouse,” said Allison Deal, Director, Kosher Food Network. “This year we collected over 22,000 pounds, exceeding last year’s amount by 6,000 pounds. These donations provided thousands of delicious meals, which we hope our clients enjoyed. A sincere thank-you to everyone who donated, making this event a special one.”
Met Council had their own table at the event, supervised by staff including Sarah Lloyd, Ben Zalentz, Shaina Goldberg, and Justine Salas. Attendees had the opportunity to spin a specially designed wheel, which featured trivia about hunger and poverty in New York City. The wheel was designed to educate attendees about the magnitude of need amongst New Yorkers, and the great services that Met Council provides. But it wasn’t only about education. Spinning the wheel gave participants the opportunity to win a Met Council branded prize. Many took advantage of the opportunity.
During the show, Met Council staff visited many booths, encouraging vendors to donate their surplus food. New relationships with vendors were developed, and established friendships were renewed.
We thank all the generous vendors and manufacturers who donated their surplus food, and appreciate the efforts undertaken by Met Council staff in making our participation at Kosherfest a rousing success.