Food insecurity refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members.
Our food services are designed to aid, sustain and empower hungry New Yorkers. They include the country’s largest kosher food pantry system, emergency food cards, home delivered meals, food rescue and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment assistance.
These programs enable clients to eat more healthfully — and ensure they can use their limited income to meet other daily needs, such as rent, clothing and medication.
We understand the unique challenges of affording kosher food and the importance of food for rituals. That is why all of the food throughout our system is kosher. That said, our services are available to anyone who is hungry—regardless as to whether or not they keep kosher.
In FY14, Met Council provided:
- 4.4 million pounds of food to 33 monthly food distribution sites through our Kosher Food Pantry System —the largest in America — to supplement meals for low income families.
- 8,842 Home Delivered Meals to 91 frail seniors in order to increase nutritional intake and decrease social isolation.
- 274,107 packages were distributed through our Food Pantry, which provided food for
2.46 million meals.
- $514,650 in Food Cards to empower 2,800 clients in crisis to feed themselves and their families.
- $3 million in government assistance by enrolling 11,195 families into SNAP to empower families to purchase food and spur local economic activity.
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