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Consider making a donation to one of these organizations, all of which support hunger-relief within the Jewish community:
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.
I have an old friend named Fraya Berg, a longtime food editor and walking culinary encyclopedia, whom I met at the very beginning of my career in food journalism. Over the years, when we weren’t talking about food (or later about our sons — hers, Eli, and mine, Rex, were born within a year of each other), she would tell me about her great friend Gretchen Witt and Gretchen’s little son Liam, who was diagnosed with cancer at two years old. It was clear to me that “Aunt Fraya,” as she was known in Gretchen’s family, rose with Liam’s progress and fell with every excruciating challenge. Liam was six when he died.
The Boro Park branch of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network finally opened its doors Wednesday night, serving a hearty chicken dinner to a handful of hungry clients, after serious financial constraints resulted in delays over the past several months.