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Met Council Raises $350K at Food for Life Reception PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:38

On Thursday, April 3, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty held its Food for Life Reception at The Pierre benefiting Met Council’s Kosher Food Network and raised $350,000. This network — the largest in America — feeds tens of thousands of food insecure New Yorkers every year through our kosher food distribution pantry program, food cards, food rescue and three free kosher community restaurants.

Met Council’s CEO and Executive Director, David M. Frankel, and the Board of Directors announced the relaunch of the Food for Life campaign, which raises critical funds to empower Met Council to fight food insecurity on a variety of fronts. Last year, Met Council provided:

  • Five million pounds of food distributed from Met Council’s Kosher Food Pantry network — the largest in the country
  • $460,975 in Food Gift Cards provided to needy families
  • 9,360 meals delivered to home-bound seniors
  • 11,581 households enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  • 81,473 meals served at kosher community kitchens

“During the recent harsh winter, Met Council has served as a lifeline to countless New Yorkers in need, providing kosher food to seniors and families who need it the most,” said Steven Price, President of the Board of Directors. “Under new leadership by  David M. Frankel, along with our passionate staff, dedicated donors and government partners, Met Council reinforces the social safety nets available to our clients in crisis and provides them the opportunities to succeed and become self sufficient.” 

“The money raised at Food for Life will allow Met Council to continue to provide its vital services to the thousands of clients who, with the help of Met Council’s Kosher Food Network can eat more healthfully and use their limited income on other essentials such as rent, clothing and medications,” said Linda Spitzer, Food for Life Committee member. “Ahead of Jewish holidays, Met Council increases the amount of food distributed and food cards delivered because we understand the unique challenges of affording kosher food and the importance of food for celebrating the holidays.” 

“In New York City, there are a half a million poor and near poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their family every day,” said David M. Frankel, CEO and Executive Director of Met Council.  “The proceeds from Food For Life will allow Met Council to distribute the necessary food to our clients and empower them to feed their families with nutritious meals that otherwise would have been price prohibitive.”

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