Met Council provides food for Jewish families at Passover food distribution
Met Council, America's largest Jewish charity dedicated to fighting poverty, hosted a Passover food distribution at Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sunday, where they provided food to over 2,000 Jewish families for their sedars. It’s one of nation’s largest kosher-for-Passover distribution sites in the city.
A traditional Passover seder is a ritual meal at the beginning of the holiday. However, as inflation increases, food has become extremely expensive.
"Think of it like Thanksgiving, except its eight days of Thanksgiving and that sort of explains why it's so expensive," says CEO of Met Council and Jewish Poverty David Greenfield.
The group received over $10 million donations worth of food. There were seven tractor-trailers filled with produce, 200 cases of chicken, 2,000 cases of grape juice and over 41,000 dozens of eggs.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says these donations will enable poor families to celebrate a tradition that’s been with the Jewish people for thousands of years.
"One of the great traditions in our Jewish tradition is called tzedakah, charity. And one of the best things in charity you can do is make sure people are able to obey they traditions like having a seder," says Sen. Schumer.