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FIGHTING POVERTY

We’re committed to breaking the cycle of poverty.

We help people in financial distress — whatever their age, whatever their background — get back on their feet, live in safe places, reclaim their dignity, and create economic stability for themselves and their families. Because a web of issues keeps people poor, we tackle them all. Our support provides emergency cash assistance, temporary shelter, access to kosher food pantries and soup kitchens, 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 now, we’re building two community resource hubs in Brooklyn and Queens with a holistic approach to moving people from crisis to stability. With the right support, we can break the cycle of poverty and set people on the path toward self-sufficiency.

The Facts:

  • 1.7 million people in New York City live in poverty.
  • 565,000 New Yorkers who live in Jewish households are struggling to make ends meet.
  • 180,000 children in Jewish households in New York are poor or near poor.
  • More than 1 in 5 Israelis live in poverty.

Our Impact:

  • 9.6 million meals are served to keep hunger at bay in NYC.
  • 100,000 New Yorkers receive free legal services to help them access benefits, stave off eviction, and protect themselves from domestic abuse.
  • 261,402 disenfranchised Israelis have received employment services since 2007.
  • 10,578 Jewish children in the former Soviet Union get food, clothing, and other vital services to help them survive.
  • 80,000 Israeli children have benefited from programs that provide help with education, health, and wellbeing to alleviate poverty.
  • $20.1 million was secured for the Emergency Food Assistance program that supports food pantries and soup kitchens in the city, thanks to our lobbying efforts.
  • We’re proud to be one of the eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund, which provides financial support to our network of nonprofits and publishes powerful stories about New Yorkers facing the hardship of poverty. Learn more.


With many thanks to our generous donors and network of nonprofits for making all this possible.

Related Nonprofits and Programs:

Hebrew Free Loan Society
Met Council/Local Jewish Community Councils
Poverty Hub Agencies
(Among many others)

HELP US SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED

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