Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty makes emergency deliveries amid coronavirus pandemic

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The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty made emergency deliveries Sunday to families forced to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The council normally operates Monday through Friday, and is the nation's largest free kosher distributor of food. It provides for people in need; many who are Holocaust survivors, homebound elderly and domestic violence victims.

It normally doesn't operate on weekends, but it is delivering food and packaging and will remain open throughout the week as an essential service.

The council supplies food to 40 pantries across New York, and the food is expected to feed more than 180,000 people over the next few weeks.

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It is also doing personal deliveries to households that have been identified as being in particular need due to the virus.

The council will be making 300 deliveries between Sunday and Monday.

It says it expects there to be a bigger demand for their services while most of the city is shut down.

Those volunteering are being mindful of the recommendations from health professionals, including social distancing.

 

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