Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Elected officials help distribute food for Passover 

Elected officials pitched in to help a charitable group give out free food for Passover during a distribution effort at the Brooklyn Navy Yard that was organized like a precise military operation.

Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Eric Adams, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, Assemblymembers Joe Lentol and Dov Hikind and Councilmembers Steve Levin, Laurie Cumbo and Rafael Espinal all rolled up their sleeves to help unload boxes of food during a pre-Passover food drive organized by the United Jewish Organizations (UJO) of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn.

The UJO works in partnership with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish on the food distribution program.

Police from the 88th Precinct and volunteers from Williamsburg Safety Patrol also assisted the UJO in the food giveaway.

The distribution effort is designed to help feed families in need during the Passover holiday, which begins at sundown on April 3.

The UJO's distribution is conducted in a drive thru system, with two rows of open-trunked cars passing pallets of the distributed items and crews unloading cases of food products into their cars. During a span of hours, an endless row of cars kept moving and each of them emerged from the drive-thru line with a car load of Passover staples, according to UJO officials.

"This distribution only took place thanks to Met Council. Many thousands of families – in Williamsburg an throughout the City and beyond - will happily celebrate the Passover, and have happier and easier lives year-round, thanks to this important organization," UJO Executive Director Rabbi David Niederman said.

The distribution is particularly important at the time of year when families are preparing for Passover, according to UJO officials who said many families face a limited and expensive kosher food selection and Hasidic families eat only what they prepare themselves in their own kitchens.

"We thank Rabbi Niederman and the UJO of Williamsburg for their tireless efforts to provide for New Yorkers in need, and for all they did to make today's food distribution such a great success," said David M. Frankel, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.

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