Thanksgiving would not be the same without turkey and the trimmings. On November 13, the Canarsie JCC was the scene of activity as ingredients for holiday kosher meals were assembled. Recipients were also provided with a generous fresh produce parcel funded by UJA Federation teen philanthropy initiative. With the generous donations of City Harvest and UJA Federation, Met Council, along with Rabbi Avrohom Hecht Executive Director of Canarsie JCC, distributed 140 turkeys to needy families.
“Thanksgiving is depicted as a time of bounty when tables are overflowing with food. Many New Yorkers that we serve do not know where their next meal is coming from” said Aaron Cyperstein Director, Jewish Community Relations & Government Affairs of Met Council. “It is not only our mission but our obligation to ensure that the most vulnerable New Yorkers, no matter their circumstances have access to healthy kosher meals.”
It’s estimated that there are more than 500,000 poor and near -poor Jewish New Yorkers.
These food packages will make a significant difference to those most in need as the majority of recipients are frail and elderly residents of Starrett City, Canarsie and Mill Basin. A number of the recipients are Holocaust survivors.
The Canarsie JCC has been distributing Thanksgiving packages for 19 years, enabling recipients to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. Kosher food can cost at least 20 percent more than non-kosher food, which is a challenge for the poor and near-poor that Met Council serves.
Met Council provides kosher food to its clients year round to supplement low-income households throughout New York City. These meals enable Met Council’s client to eat healthfully and helps them maintain their limited funds for use on other daily needs. We thank our partners for helping us make this Thanksgiving holiday one of kindness and caring.