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Join UJA-Federation of New York and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York 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 friends in the belief that no hungry neighbor should be turned away. Our respective faiths' traditions inspire us with the mighty task of bringing dignity, healing, and hope to all New Yorkers. And so for the second year, we’re joining forces with Catholic Charities in an interfaith initiative to tackle hunger across New York City and Westchester — Feeding Our Neighbors: An Interfaith Response.

Starting on Sunday, November 24th, we’ll tap into the resources of UJA-Federation and Catholic Charities to increase our impact — with the audacious goal of distributing 1 million meals to feed the hungry.

Please join us! Help us collect and distribute food packages across pantries and shelters throughout the New York area. Because one person can only do so much. But when we come together, we can do almost anything.

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

During the next few months, UJA-Federation and Catholic Charities 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 .

**Feeding Our Neighbors Kickoff, Sunday, November 24th **
Volunteers will pack and deliver favorite holiday foods to help homebound seniors celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a once-in-a lifetime convergence of the two holidays.

Super Sunday, December 15th
On Super Sunday, UJA-Federation’s day of “power tzedakah,” volunteers will pack food for New Yorkers who need extra help at the end of the month, when food stamps run out and local pantries need restocking.

Feeding Our Neighbors Press Conference, Sunday, January 19th
John S. Ruskay, executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation, and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, will join Cardinal Timothy Dolan and local dignitaries at St. Patrick’s Cathedral to publicly announce the Feeding Our Neighbors initiative and deliver food to the needy.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 20th
**Westchester Community Lunch **
In the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, local teens will help prepare and serve a traditional Sunday supper for 300 people who appreciate a nutritious meal.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive, January – March
Volunteers will collect, pack, and deliver food at UJA-Federation’s local beneficiary agencies.

Families Feeding Families, Sunday, February 9th
Westchester teens will sort and distribute canned goods and personal hygiene products donated by local synagogues, day schools, parishes, and individuals.

Pack It Up for Purim, Sunday, February 23rd – Sunday, March 16th
In the spirit of mishloach manot and matanot l’evyonim, giving food packages to a neighbor and charitable donations to the poor on Purim, volunteers will contribute nonperishable food items for local pantries.

There’s even more you can do.

  • Drop off nonperishable food items for people in need.

  • 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 and include our handle @ujafedny.