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Met Council on Jewish Poverty kicks off food distributions ahead of Jewish high holidays

The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in the household to live an active, healthy lifestyle.

Valerie Ryan and News 12 Staff

Sep 8, 2023, 12:31 AM

Updated 287 days ago

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As the prices of groceries rise, a local nonprofit is tackling food insecurity before the holiday season with a drive-thru food pantry.
With the Jewish high holiday season kicking off soon, the Met Council on Jewish Poverty is serving kosher food throughout NYC to combat food insecurity.
According to Feeding America, the USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in the household to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
The mayor's office reports that in 2022, NYC residents made up 50% of food insecure individuals in the entire state of New York. 
Judah Zellermaier, executive director of Met Council Borough Park, says their food distribution services are available to all people and not only do they serve kosher food, but they offer halal options as well. 
Zellermaier tells News 12 that the Met Council has pantry services available all year long along with social and housing services.  


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