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Feeding Our Neighbors

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Join UJA-Federation of New York, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies in delivering 1 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 and Protestant 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 for the third year, we’re joining forces with Catholic Charities and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies in an interfaith initiative to tackle hunger across New York City and Westchester — Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response.

Please join us in helping us reach our audacious goal of collecting and distributing a combined 1 million meals! 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 five Jewish households in the New York area falls below the poverty line — that’s a 48 percent increase in poverty in just the past 10 years.
  • Fifteen percent of all Jewish households receive public assistance: that’s 294,000 individuals, including 99,000 children.

Here’s How You Can Help

  • Contribute food. Drop off your nonperishable items at participating synagogues, Jewish day schools, and agencies throughout the greater New York area. Find a drop-off site in early January.
  • Make a donation to UJA-Federation’s annual campaign, which supports antipoverty initiatives and agencies across New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, including the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
  • Volunteer through UJA-Federation’s extensive opportunities.
  • Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #FeedingNY and include our handle @ujafedny.

Between January and March, UJA-Federation, Catholic Charities, and the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies will be collecting and delivering food at several events across the New York area. All food will be donated to New Yorkers in need.

For more information on the times and locations of each event, contact 212.836.1883 or e-mail .