Met Council Joins Senator Krueger's Senior Health Fair
Met Council’s Benefits Access team and volunteers attended Senator Liz Krueger’s Eighth Annual Senior Resource Fair. The fair is one of the largest and most comprehensive senior fairs in New York City; with attendance from 500+ seniors and over 50 agencies represented. Met Council’s team spoke with community members regarding the range of services offered by Met Council in addition to conducting one-on-one pre-screenings for SNAP (food stamp) eligibility and Met Council’s free home repair program for seniors, Metropair.
Met Council Distributed Lipstick Cases To Save Lives
At the second annual Stand up for Shalom Bayit(Peace in the Home) Met Council and 30 volunteers canvassed the streets of Murray Hill, distributing lipstick cases with contact information on where victims can receive help to raise awareness of the alarming increase of domestic violence incidents in New York City.
“Family Violence is a horrible crime that victimizes our most vulnerable — and members of New York City’s faith based communities are not immune,” said Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director David M. Frankel. “As a leading social service provider in the Jewish community across our City, it is the responsibility of Met Council to confront this crisis and speak out on behalf of victims. Our extraordinary staff is specially trained to assist victims of family violence and has expertise with issues specific to New York City’s Jewish and immigrant communities.”
Met Council Staff Visit To Manhattan Family Justice Center
During this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Met Council staff was invited to tour and learn more about the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence’s Family Justice Center. Family Justice Centers are one stop shops where victims can meet with a District Attorney, obtain an Order of Protection from the NYPD, receive counseling from a social worker, and gain additional services — all while having free childcare.
Met Council collaborates with the Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Though we receive referrals involving clients of every background, Met Council is proud to be the agency the City turns to for assistance with domestic violence involving members of the Jewish community.
Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day On Capitol Hill With Food Bank
During Anti-Hunger Awareness Month, Met Council participated in the Food Bank for New York City’s third annual Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day in Washington DC. In meetings with members and staff of New York City’s Congressional delegation, 50 agency leaders from among New York City’s emergency food providers advocated for restoration of funding of the The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)—a $50 million increase from current funding levels.
The day was particularly important because Met Council food pantries have seen a 15% increase in demand on our pantries from new clients and an additional increase in need from our previous clients since November 2013. With limited resources to meet the increase in demand, Met Council works to provide holistic case assistance to mitigate the harsh November reductions to SNAP for families and seniors in need.
To combat the decrease in SNAP allocations, we rely on the food from the TEFAP System.
Staff Impact Day: Pre-Screening In Green Markets
Staff members of Met Council traveled to the Boro Park Green Market to educate local shoppers on the availability of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Staff from various departments learned about SNAP eligibility, reached out to community members regarding SNAP’s benefits and used Met Council’s pre-screening app to determine potential client’s edibility.
The Pre-Screening in Green Markets event was part of Met Council’s on-going staff impact days that encourages staff to not only learn more about Met Council, but also learn more about each other.
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