Met Council, The Jewish Education Project And The New York City Department Of Education Teamed Up To Bring 4,000 Free Kosher Meals To School-Age Children From Low-Income New York Families
Met Council, The Jewish Education Project and the New York City Department of Education, with the support of the UJO of Williamsburg and the Jewish Community Council of Boro Park, provided 4,000 free kosher lunches to school-age children from low-income families.
Kosher Summer Meals was launched in 2012 to help low-income families provide nutritious meals for their children, particularly during the last week of summer when children lack access to meals they ordinarily receive through school or camp. The program mirrors the Citywide Summer Meals program, while acknowledging the needs of kids who keep kosher. The program was created in response to the alarming number of children living in poor Jewish households. In Brooklyn alone, there are 168,800 poor and near-poor Jewish households with children, and 45% of all children in New York City area live in households that are at or near the poverty line.
Met Council Distributed 400 Backpacks And Supplies
Thanks to the annual generous donation made by Jeff and Susan Goldstein, more than 400 low-income kids will have the proper tools to achieve success in the classroom. Backpacks stuffed with pencils, notebooks, calculators, and other supplies were distributed just in time for the beginning of the school year.
Volunteers packed the backpacks and prepare them for delivery to our local Jewish Community Councils. Backpacks were distributed throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. They were also donated to clients of Met Council’s Crisis Services and Family Violence Services.
Through the kindness of our outstanding donors and volunteers, students can hit the books with confidence this school year!
Met Council Helped 75 Seniors Freeze Their Rent
This past month, Met Council held the first ever SCRIE (Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption) Enroll-A-Thon assisting more than 75 clients enroll into the program and avoid future rent increases. Many of these clients are newly eligible for the benefit because the City and State legislatures recently increased the income qualification threshold from $29,000 to $50,000. During these four events, we educated clients on the new qualifications and helped those who are eligible enroll in the program. Meeting the needs of our City’s growing senior population is not simple or quick. With more than 21% of seniors living in poverty in New York City, finding and remaining in an affordable and safe home is a major challenge for these New Yorkers. Raising the income threshold for SCRIE was an important step to help seniors to age in place with dignity in the homes they love.
Met Council Expands Its Camp Scholarship Fund To $25,000
This year, Met Council expanded its scholarship fund to enable 60 children to attend summer camp. Families from Boro Park, Flatbush, Crown Heights, Coney Island, Marine Park, the Rockaways, Forest Hills and Williamsburg benefited from this year’s camp scholarships.
Through Lizzy and Bryce Markus’ generosity, Met Council is providing camp scholarships to 60 children from families living below 300% of the poverty level, which is $71,550 for a family of four. The families selected the camp their child is attending.
“Our social service programs are designed to aid, sustain and empower poor and near-poor New Yorkers,” said Met Council CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel. “This year’s camp scholarship fund will aid families in meeting their childcare needs, sustain the children’s growth and development during the summer months, and empower them to gain confidence and learn new skills in a safe a nurturing environment. We thank the extraordinary generosity of the Markus family as well as the staff at Boro Park JCC, COJO Flatbush, Crown Heights JCC, JCC of Greater Coney Island, JCC of Marine Park, JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens JCC and UJO Williamsburg, who worked with us to select deserving families.”