CARING FOR PEOPLE IN NEED

COMBATING POVERTY

Economic uncertainty and rising prices are making it even harder for families with little means to put food on the table. Food prices are up 12% and kosher food is up 16%. A dollar just doesn’t go very far these days. 
That’s why we’re focused on feeding New Yorkers in need. We’re also helping people in financial distress get back on their feet and reclaim their dignity — breaking the cycle of poverty.
Because a web of issues keeps people in poverty, we tackle them all. Our support provides emergency cash assistance, eviction prevention, access to kosher food pantries, counseling, and legal advocacy.
We’re also on the cutting edge of service delivery. We’ve created food pantries that use digital technology so clients can choose the groceries they want, taking into account their health needs and cultural preferences. And we’ve opened the Jack and Shirley Silver Hub in Queens with a holistic approach to moving people from crisis to stability. Now thousands of New Yorkers can access an array of life-changing human services, all under one roof. 
Whether in New York, in Israel, or around the world, we’re giving people in poverty essential support and whenever possible — a path to self-sufficiency.

COVID RECOVERY: OUR RESPONSE

Life is returning to normal for some, but for people who were caught in the grip of poverty before Covid, “normal” was never good enough. That’s why we’re ensuring our partners can continue helping people access food, employment support, and mental health services with an emphasis on convenience and dignity.

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“My Life
Changed Forever”

Meet some of the clients helped at the Jack and Shirley Silver Hub, a one-stop social service center.

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Our Impact

  • 2.4 million New Yorkers visited our partners' food pantries. 

  • 78,600 New Yorkers got help accessing government services and benefits. 

  • 92,100 at-risk Israeli children benefit from services. 

  • 44,400 people received employment services globally. 

  • Nearly 21.2 million pounds of food was distributed by local nonprofit partners last year. 

  • 41,600 New Yorkers received pro bono legal services. 

  • More than $7.2 million dedicated to meeting the needs of the last generation of Holocaust survivors in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. 

  • $15.1 million in emergency cash assistance distributed globally. 

Olga’s Path to a Better Life

She lost her job and then her health. Our support helped keep her dreams on track.

When Olga, a single mom in Brooklyn and a college student, lost her job because of the Covid crisis, she thought she’d have to drop out of school. That’s when a UJA-funded hub stepped in to help.

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