The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula’s (JCCRP) Kosher Client Choice Food Pantry ran its annual Rosh Hashanah food distribution. The JCCRP arranged for extra items to be included in addition to the regular food pantry items for the Jewish community’s needs for yom tov.
The week began with volunteers from various local yeshivas, including Mesivta Netzach HaTorah and Mesivta Ateres Yaakov. These young men were eager to do chesed for their neighbors in need. They bagged produce, unpacked shipments, and organized the packages for pick up. “Our talmidim gained tremendously from this hands-on experience. For me it is the joy of teaching Torah in action,” commented one rebbe.
Hundreds of clients came to the pantry on Wednesday and chose from a selection of food, many crucial to their Rosh Hashanah menus. Additionally, over 275 Holocaust survivors were given food packages to help them have healthy food options for yom tov.
The beauty of the JCCRP’s Client Choice Kosher Food Pantry is that it allows clients the dignity and respect they deserve by allowing them to select their own groceries, similar to a typical supermarket. With individualized attention, the clients are able to walk through the pantry, one or two at a time, and select various items on their own.
NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway) and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo (D-15th Senate District) came out to lend a helping hand and assist with the food pantry distribution. The JCCRP and the Kosher Food Pantry are able to do this kind of distribution because of their ongoing support. Howard Pollack from City Speaker Johnson’s office, members of Senator James Sanders staff, Aron Cyperstein from Met Council, and other community members joined as well to volunteer for the distribution.
Additionally, volunteers came from Met Council, a devoted partner to the JCCRP. The Met Council volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got right to work bagging produce, stocking shelves, assisting guests, and boxing orders, all with a friendly “Shanah Tovah” to the pantry guests.
Moshe Brandsdorfer, the executive director of the JCCRP, expressed his praise of this amazing collective effort, “This week, we witnessed the beauty of our community. Local yeshiva students, UJA members, and our local political officials all came together to volunteer and help those in need. Additionally, none of this would have been possible without the generosity of the NYC Council’s Jewish Caucus led by Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D- 48th District), Councilman Donovan Richards (D- 31st District), and Councilman Eric Ulrich (R- 32nd District) who are staunch supporters of the food pantry.