In Time For Rosh Hashanah Met Council Distributed 230,000 Pounds Of Kosher Food
Before the Jewish New Year, Met Council, elected officials and volunteers distributed 230,000 pounds of kosher food, including 60 tons of apples, to an estimated 24,000 families in need at 76 sites throughout New York City. These holiday food packages allowed families across the five boroughs to partake in holiday festivities despite the often prohibitive cost of kosher food.
Ahead of Jewish holidays, Met Council distributes an increased amount of food because we understand the unique challenge of affording kosher food and the importance of food for rituals. Throughout the world, food is often the centerpiece of religious and cultural events. Sharing a meal with friends and family in times of celebration or observance carries symbolic meaning essential to the holidays they represent.
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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