The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty Met Council was granted $1.75 million—$1 million of which will cover operations and supplying food pantries across New York, addressing growing concerns about food insufficiency among homebound seniors, children who are not receiving city-funded hot meals and the unemployed. The remaining $750,000 will provide emergency Passover meals to more than 180,000 members of New York’s Jewish community in need.
Passover begins at sundown on April 8 and ends at nightfall on April 16.
“Met Council is on the front lines with UJA-Federation dealing with an unprecedented crisis unfolding in our city,” said the organization’s CEO, David Greenfield. “After health care, the No. 1 concern that we should have is feeding struggling, homebound and elderly New Yorkers. The emergency food-pantry system is strained in a way that we have never seen before. This emergency funding from UJA will allow us to serve hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are now in crisis.”
UJA is making $250,000 available for Passover meals to go that will be distributed to those who are newly isolated or quarantined, have relied on free or subsidized communal seders, or are newly financially vulnerable.