To help those facing food scarcity during the cold winter months, UJA-Federation of New York’s Northern Westchester community packaged non-perishable items for clients of the food pantry run by its partner agency, the Bronx Jewish Community Council. The event took place on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at First Five Learn & Play of Armonk.
Young families celebrated the fifth day of Chanukah learning about giving back to those in need. After decorating totes, children “shopped” in a pop-up food pantry to pack the bags with non-perishable items. The Bronx Jewish Community Council serves 12,000 low-income individuals in the Bronx, particularly seniors aging in place. Its offices house one of largest food pantries in the borough, with 2,400 individuals frequenting the pantry each month.
The day was part of UJA-Federation’s Gift of Chanukah, a program through which Westchester communities host parties at a number of local UJA-supported nonprofits.
UJA-Federation supports a network of more than 80 core nonprofits and hundreds of others, large and small. These agencies feed the hungry, house the homeless, provide services to people with disabilities and the elderly, and helps shape the future of the Jewish community.