Feeding Our Neighbors
Join UJA-Federation of New York and Catholic Charities in delivering one million meals to feed the hungry.
Let all who are hungry come and eat! In our Jewish community, we share the same values as our Catholic friends in the belief that "No hungry neighbor should be turned away." Our respective faith traditions inspire us with the mighty task of bringing dignity, healing and hope to all New Yorkers. And so we are joining forces with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York in a new interfaith initiative to tackle hunger across New York City and Westchester — Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response.
Starting January 27th, we’ll be leveraging our collective reach and already expansive networks for even greater impact — with the audacious goal of collecting and distributing a combined one million meals to feed the hungry throughout New York.
Please join us! Help us collect and distribute food packages across pantries and shelters throughout the New York area. Because ultimately, we do the most good when we do it together.
The Challenge of Feeding the Hungry
- More than 1.7 million people in New York City live in poverty.
- One in 5 Jewish households falls below the poverty line — that’s a 48% increase in poverty in just the past ten years.
- Fifteen percent of all Jewish households receive public assistance: that’s 294,000 individuals, including 99,000 children.
Feeding Our Neighbors will officially begin on Sunday, January 27th, and culminate with UJA-Federation’s annual "Pack it Up for Purim" food collection for New York’s neediest. The collection will end on February 15th.
Here's how you can help:
- Contribute food. Starting on Sunday, January 27th, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in this vital effort. Drop off your non-perishable items at participating synagogues, Jewish day schools and agencies throughout the greater New York area. Find a drop-off site.
- Make a donation to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign, which supports anti-poverty initiatives and agencies across New York City, including the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Masbia, Brooklyn’s only Kosher soup kitchen.
- Volunteer through UJA-Federation’s extensive opportunities.
- Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #FeedingNY.