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It feeds 150 hungry families a week. On Tuesdays, it has about 25 to 30 loyal volunteers prepping meals to hand out about 400 bags of food. And it only costs about $800 a week to run, as Alan Marks, one of Pride of Israel Synagogue’s food banks founders, told CJNews.com.
A recent email from food-rescue organization City Harvest about kosher-turkey distribution at Thanksgiving revealed a staggering figure: There are more than half a million food-insecure poor or near-poor Jews in New York City.
A notice on the Houston Food Bank’s website says the organization is closed due to flooding, but will reopen as soon as possible to help provide disaster relief to the community. It will surely have its work cut out for it, as will the other food-relief organizations and disaster-relief agencies offering assistance to those affected by Harvey in the weeks and months to come. So while these agencies’ doors may temporarily be closed, their coffers are open and likely in need of replenishing.
Funny how things happen: Forward Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner sent me an email last spring, asking if I had any interest in covering an Israeli not-for-profit called Leket Israel, the country’s largest food bank and food-rescue network. She had gotten word that its founder, Joseph Gitler, was in town that week for a series of meetings.
At a training given by the People’s Institute on undoing institutionalized racism, I heard a story. It was about a group of friends headed on a picnic by a river. The first friend shows up, basket in tow, to see babies (!!) floating down the river. In astonishment, she drops her bag of baguettes and cheese and immediately grabs an infant. The second friend arrives, and the first shouts, “Drop your things! There are babies in the river!”