5On April 7, and April 9, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula’s (JCCRP) Kosher Client Choice Food Pantry ran a Pesach food distribution. The JCCRP arranged for special Kosher for Pesach items to be delivered to our food pantry to accommodate client’s needs in celebrating Yom Tov.

Hundreds of clients came to the pantry on Monday and Wednesday and chose from a wide selection of food, including grape juice, matzah, potatoes, carrots, onions, meat roast, chicken, wine, gefilte fish, oil, ketchup, eggs, apples, and much more. We are proud to announce that the pantry served over 500 families for Pesach, this year.

Met Council CEO David Frankel came by on Monday to help distribute food, and on Wednesday, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., City Councilman Donovan Richards, Richard Altabe, Chairman of the JCCRP Board of Directors, and Pesach Osina on behalf of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer were all on hand to help out with distribution. All were very impressed with the fine work the JCCRP does for the community.

Senator Addabbo noted, “JCCRP provides an irreplaceable service to the Rockaways, one that many would be lost without. I am proud to support the organization and it’s Passover Food Pantry, and proud to always continue that support. My Jewish constituents can only benefit from JCCRP and that is something to focus on. To further enhance the quality of life for this population, I have made sure to get behind legislation that does just that. In the Senate, I’m very much involved in promoting aid to Yeshivas. Last year, I supported legislation to aid special education students in the Yeshiva system and I also sponsored the Education Investment Tax Credit, which would have provided a state tax credit for classroom supplies, projects, scholarships and recreational activities. Additionally, I sponsored a bill to increase protection for Hatzolah members from frivolous lawsuits as Good Samaritans and volunteer first responders.”

David Frankel added, “For most of us, Passover is a time for festive family Seders. But for too many of New York’s Jewish needy, the Festival of Our Freedom is, ironically, just the opposite–yet another painful reminder of the oppression of poverty. In New York City, there are a half a million poor and near poor Jewish New Yorkers who struggle to feed their families every day. The 2.1 million pounds of food we distribute will allow our clients to observe Passover with a traditional and nutritious meal that otherwise would have been price prohibitive; on average a kosher meal is 30% more expensive.”

“I am proud to partner with the JCC of the Rockaway Peninsula to help alleviate the extra financial burden that the holiday can have on local families,” says NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer. “I wish everyone in the community a happy and joyful Pesach.”

Nathan Krasnovsky, executive director of the JCCRP, commented, “The JCCRP is grateful to have the respect and support of fine community leaders and establishments. Without their support we would not be able to serve the community with the amount of services we currently offer. I am tremendously pleased that we serviced each and every client that approached us for Passover assistance. I would also like to express my gratitude to the volunteers and dedicated staff that assisted with the distribution.”

In addition to the eventful Pesach food distribution, the JCCRP also assisted families with over $30,000 in food vouchers, with the support of Met Council and the Jewish Services Coalition. The vouchers were to be redeemed at local supermarkets, making the task of Pesach shopping less difficult for local families in need.

The JCCRP is a proud affiliate of Met Council and a beneficiary agency of UJA Federation of NY. The JCCRP provides a range of services for any clients who need assistance in social services or resource directing within the community. Please contact the JCCRP for further information. They are located at 1525 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place), Far Rockaway, NY, 11691. Call the JCCRP at 718-327-7755 or visit them on the web at www.jccrp.org. v


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