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lunchbox.jpgAnti-Hunger Advocacy Day With Food Bank 

Met Council participated in the Food Bank for New York City’s Anti-Hunger Advocacy Day in Albany.  In meetings with New York City’s delegation, Met Council and 50 agency leaders from among New York City’s emergency food providers advocated for increasing Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program (HPNAP) funding in the Executive Budget in FY2015-16.  This funding will provide approximately 675,000 additional meals and ensure critical funding for operational support.

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.

 

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Met Council Handymen Help Holocaust Survivor 

Frida is an energetic 98-year-old Holocaust survivor. Born in Odessa, she lived in Moldova with her husband when World War II broke out. Frida’s husband immediately enlisted to fight the Nazis, while she fled to the East and enlisted in the Corps of Engineers.  During the war, Frida restored blown-up bridges and building.

Now, Frida lives by herself in an apartment building in Brooklyn.  Financial help from her granddaughter enables Frida to pay her rent and utilities.

Recently, the lighting in her bathroom broke.  After seeing an advertisement for Met Council’s Metropair in the newspaper, Frida called for help.  Immediately a handyman came and repaired the light.

“Now I know that if I have a problem in the future, I can rely on Met Council and Metropair. I don’t know what I would have done without you. G-d bless you all!”

Do you know a low income senior who needs assistance with free home repairs? Call Met Council at 212-453-9543.

 

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Met Council Client In The New York Times

The New York Times shared how Met Council and The Times readers helped the Maley family:

Maria Maley is a single mother, raising two daughters: Nicole, 17, and Danielle, 11. Danielle has severe autism and can do very little for herself. Ms. Maley was unable to afford a home computer, and Nicole traveled every day to the library or imposed upon her friends in order to complete school assignments. She spent hours away from home almost every evening — until an anonymous donor read her story as part of The New York Times Neediest Cases and bought Nicole a computer.

“It was life changing for her,” Ms. Maley said. “She’s so happy. It’s been so much stress off her.”-John Otis, The New York Times

Ms. Maley’s was one of Met Council’s four stories in the Neediest Cases campaign, which raises critical funds for New York in need. Read the full article here.

 

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Partnering With S.O.A.P. To Support Victims Of Sex Trafficking

Met Council partnered with S.O.A.P (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution) to raise awareness of human trafficking.  Volunteers participated in an interactive briefing on sex trafficking and then canvassed midtown Manhattan in efforts to reach missing children and sex trafficking victims. Met Council volunteers provided outreach materials to midtown hotels in order to find and assist missing children and sex trafficking victims. These materials included free bars of soap embedded with the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number (1-888-373-7888).

Sex trafficking is an epidemic that hurts people from every community all over the world — including American-born children.  As a result of sex trafficking, it is estimated that 27 million people, including 2 million children, are currently enslaved across the world.

For more information on how to get involved, please contact volunteer@metcouncil.org

 

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Heschel Students Volunteer

Students from The Heschel School joined Met Council for an on-going service program of learning and action. The volunteers participated in a SNAP (supplemental nutritional assistance program, formerly known as Food Stamps) budget simulation to demonstrate some of the challenges hungry New Yorkers face.

There are 1.3 million food insecure New Yorkers; one in five are children.  For many of our clients, the high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge: on average, a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.  While, statewide, most families run out of SNAP benefits by the third week each month, a family that keeps kosher runs out by the second week.

Following the project, the volunteers assembled nutritious meals that were distributed to clients in the Lower East Side.

 

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