NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member David Greenfield and Met Council CEO David M. Frankel Volunteer at Masbia Ahead of Passover
As part of Masbia’s Annual Passover Charoset Drive, Met Council’s CEO
David M. Frankel chopped up apples and walnuts with NYC Council Speaker
Mark-Viverito,Council Member David Greenfield, Executive Director of Boro Park Jewish Community Council, Rabbi Yeruchim Silber and Masbia’s Executive Director Alexander Rapaport.
Charoset is served as part of the Passover seder. According to Jewish tradition, its color and texture are meant to recall the mud which the Israelites used to make bricks when they were enslaved in Egypt.
Last year, Masbia, along with help from Met Council, provided 81,473 free kosher meals to families in Boro Park, Rego Park and Flatbush.
Met Council Celebrates its Food For Life Campaign
Met Council held its Food for Life Reception at The Pierre benefiting Met Council’s Kosher Food Network. This network — the largest in America — feeds tens of thousands of food insecure New Yorkers every year through our kosher food distribution pantry program, food cards, food rescue and three free kosher community restaurants.
Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel, and the Board of Directors proudly announced the relaunch of the Food for Life campaign, which raises critical funds to empower Met Council to fight food insecurity on a variety of fronts, last year, Met Council provided:
- 5 million pounds of food distributed from Met Council’s Kosher Food Pantry network — the largest in the country
- $460,975 in Food Gift Cards provided to needy families
- 9,360 meals delivered to home-bound seniors
- 11,581 households enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
- 81,473 meals served at kosher community kitchens
Met Council Distributed 2.1 Million Pounds of Kosher for Passover Food to 50,000 NYC Families
Ahead of Passover, Met Council, the local Jewish Community Councils and dozens of elected government officials distributed 2.1 million pounds of kosher for Passover food and provided $400,000 in Food Cards to allow families to purchase Passover resources ahead of the holiday to an estimated 50,000 families in need. These holiday food packages will allow families in every neighborhood in the five boroughs to partake in holiday festivities, despite the often prohibitive costs of kosher food.
“For most of us, Passover is a time for festive family seders. But for too many of New York’s Jewish needy, the Festival of Our Freedom is, ironically, just the opposite – yet another painful reminder of the oppression of poverty,” said David M. Frankel, CEO and Executive Director of Met Council.
“In New York City, there are a half a million poor and near poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their family every day. The 2.1 million pounds of food we distribute will allow our clients to observe Passover with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive; on average a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.”
The food packages included traditional staples, such as matzah, tuna fish, gefilte fish, carrots, potatoes, apple sauce, etc.