Thousands of Jewish Families Helped During Passover
FOOD BANK FOR NEW YORK CITY DISTRIBUTES MORE THAN 461,000 POUNDS OF FOOD TO THOUSANDS OF JEWISH FAMILIES IN NEED DURING PASSOVER
50,000 LBS. OF FOOD UNLOADED AT FOOD PANTRY BY VOLUNTEER STAFF
Food Bank For New York City and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty ensure that all will be included in traditional Passover Seder
NEW YORK, NY, April 5, 2006 — In preparation for Passover, which begins at sundown on April 12, the Food Bank For New York City, in partnership with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, will provide more than 461,000 pounds of Kosher for Passover food items to 25 nonprofit community food programs throughout the five boroughs, helping needy families of the Jewish faith. An estimated 300,000 Jewish households — 20 percent of the city's Jewish households — live in impoverished conditions.
Today, with the help of an all-volunteer staff, the Oneg Shabbat Food Pantry, located at 2917 Avenue K in Flatbush, Brooklyn, unloaded 50,000 pounds of Kosher for Passover food items for distribution to thousands of Jewish families in need during Passover. The assistance by volunteer staff is vital to the emergency food assistance programs in New York City. Ninety-three percent of soup kitchens rely on unpaid volunteers while 56 percent of food pantries in New York City rely entirely on unpaid volunteers.
Items being distributed to Food Bank programs in all five boroughs include 320,000 lbs. of fresh produce; 11,500 lbs. of tuna; 28,000 lbs. of Gefilte fish; 7,200 lbs. of Matzo; and 63,800 lbs. of juices - enough food for 354,617 meals.
At least two million New York City residents are at risk of going hungry. The majority of them are women with children, the elderly, the disabled and the working poor. Food Bank For New York City, the city's primary supplier of food for the hungry, helps provide the food for more than 250,000 free meals served each day by more than 1,200 nonprofit community food programs in the five boroughs. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 67 million pounds of food and was recognized as the 2004 Food Bank of the Year by America's Second Harvest, The Nation's Food Bank Network. For more information, visit our website at www.foodbanknyc.org.