Wednesday, 21 March 2012 02:29
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty raised more than $360,000 to help feed hungry New Yorkers at its Third Annual Food for Life Reception on March 12th. The event was held at the Edison Ballroom and guests enjoyed a spectacular array of kosher international food and live and silent auctions.
With the combination of greater client need and fewer government resources in the food distribution and voucher programs, funding for the Food for Life campaign has become increasingly crucial. “In times like these, it is our community’s responsibility to band together and support the Jews who are hurting. We cannot simply serve as bystanders while our neighbors go without basic necessities,” said Met Council CEO William E. Rapfogel during the event program. “It is our duty to take the next step and actively confront the issues that face the needy population that exists in New York City today. We must stand up for adequate funding, rights and resources that these people deserve.”
This year’s Tikkun Olam Award, which in Hebrew means “Healing the World”, was presented to Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in recognition of their dedication, generosity and partnership with Met Council. Under the leadership of Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun has joined Met Council in helping the poor and needy in many different ways.
The event Benefactors included The Edison Ballroom and Allan Wartski; Nina and Joseph Shenker; and Merryl and James Tisch. This year’s Food for Life Partners included Aetna Better Health of New York; Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc.; The Manischewitz Company; Joseph Ross, CEO, Century Coverage Corporation; and Shonni Silverberg and John Shapiro.
The event chair Rhonda Barad and the Food for Life committee’s dedication and hard work made the event a great success.
Proceeds from this year’s event will support the expansion of Met Council’s Kosher Food Network; which includes a food distribution program, kosher food pantry, food vouchers, weekend and holiday meals, and the operation of three free kosher community restaurants.