We Volunteer - food packages
According to a recent report by the UJA Federation of New York, more than 560,000 people in approximately 200,000 Jewish households are poor or near-poor, and 45 percent of the children in Jewish households now live in poor or near-poor households.
The new report found that Jewish poverty in the eight-county New York area affects widely diverse groups of Jewish households. Single-parent households, households that include a person with a disability, and others who are unemployed or underemployed are also heavily represented among the Jewish poor. But it is also concentrated in Hasidic, Russian-speaking, and senior households, which account for two-thirds of the poverty in the Jewish community.
“The numbers largely confirm what we’ve seen happening in grassroots Jewish communities, making clear to us that this wrenching situation is only growing in scope,” said William E. Rapfogel, CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, a network agency of UJA-Federation of New York that played a key consulting role in this report. “Poverty is a complex problem that touches far more people than many would think."
We Volunteer is a Chamah program that works with volunteers to pack and deliver food packages to individuals and families in need. Thousands of pounds of food, including meat, chicken and fish are distributed every year before the high-holidays in the poorest areas of Brooklyn, New York.
Food package containing frozen meat, chicken and fish