2013-07-24 / Front Page

Goldfeder, Richards, Addabbo And JCCRP Hold Ribbon Cutting For Rockaway Food Pantry

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway), Councilmember Donovan Richards
(D-Far Rockaway), State Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Rockaway) and the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the unveiling of the JCCRP’s newly retrofitted “Client Choice Pantry”. The new facility is located at 1525 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway.
“The ribbon cutting ceremony is a great sign of our recovery after Superstorm
Sandy,” said Goldfeder. “This food pantry is a gem to those trying
to make ends meet and lowers the expense of day-to-day living in the city.”
“It comes as no surprise that particularly after the devastating effects of Hurricane
Sandy, the food pantry at the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula
(JCCRP) is seeing more clients than ever before,” said Nathan Krasnovsky
Executive Director of JCCRP. “The JCCRP food pantry had severe damage from the
storm and is now set to re-open, thanks to a grant from Food Bank.”
“By creating a Client Choice Pantry, where people replicate the grocery store
experience by going through isles and choosing whatever appeals to them, the JCC pantry
is coming back better than ever. This will create a much more comfortable and familiar
experience for everyone involved,” said Councilmember Donovan Richards. “Making sure
that people have healthy food is such an important part of our fight against poverty. I am
very proud to support the JCC for all of the hard work that they have done and continue
to do in this fight.”
"I am so grateful to the JCCRP for being one of the first to help after Superstorm
Sandy and for never denying anyone who asks for assistance,” said State Senator Joseph
Addabbo. “I am confident that as the rate of poverty remains among us, the JCCRP will
always be there to answer the call for help."
"Poverty has risen dramatically in the New York Jewish community, according to
the latest report from our Jewish Community Study of New York," said Roberta Leiner,
Senior Vice President of Agency Relations at UJA-Federation of New York. "We also
know that Superstorm Sandy has exacerbated the dire hardship. UJA-Federation helps the
most vulnerable throughout the New York community every day, and we are also
committed to helping our community heal and rebuild following the storm. The Jewish
Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula's new and improved food pantry will
benefit those in need whether they have been affected by Sandy, the tough economic
climate, or poverty."
The pantry is designed for low-income residents to browse the pantry shelves,
while providing a comfortable shopping experience. Additionally, the newly renovated
space will enable the JCCRP to attract clients that have shied away and could benefit
from other services the JCCRP has to offer in order to help them rebuild their lives and
return to stability, security, and self-sufficiency.
“OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services has been privileged to have a team
of crisis counselors stationed at the JCCRP since Hurricane Sandy struck the
community,” said Tzivy Reiter, LCSW of Director, Project Hope at OHEL. “Working in
partnership with the dedicated staff of the JCCRP, we have been able to provide
emotional support to the thousands of people who walk through JCCRP’s doors looking
for desperately needed resources. We know that the newly retrofitted “Client Choice
Pantry” — will provide much needed sustenance and relief at a still vulnerable time for
so many people in the Far Rockaway community.”
“City Harvest has been providing Kosher emergency food to the JCCRP/Jewish
Services Coalition since 2002. Last year, we delivered 3,500 pounds of food to their food
pantry, which helps feed approximately 1,200 Far Rockaway residents each month,” said
Rebecca Glass, Manager of The Jewish Services Coalition. “They were also instrumental
during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, and serve an important role in the Far Rockaways
community and City Harvest is proud to partner with them to help feed hungry New
“Having a stocked and reliable food pantry in our community is so important. We
are living in a time where so many can barely afford the basics, and this pantry will allow
these struggling Rockaway residents the ability to restock their kitchens in a dignified
fashion,” said Boruch B. Bender Founder/CEO of Achiezer.
“The American Red Cross is proud to stand with organizations like the Jewish
Community Council on the Rockaway Peninsula who are helping families in their hour of
greatest need,” said Josh Lockwood, American Red Cross Greater New York Region
CEO. “The Red Cross will continue to be there as Sandy survivors and communities in
New York and New Jersey recover and rebuild.”
With today's rising costs, making ends meet can be more than a little challenging,
particularly when it comes to grocery shopping, noted Goldfeder.
Since 1972, the JCCRP has been providing services on a non - sectarian basis to
those in need and advocating issues of concern to the community.
For more information concerning the JCCRP go to: http://www.jccrp.org/index.php
Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (center), Councilman Donovan Richards (far left),
Senator Joseph Addabbo (right) and Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director, JCCRP
(left to Goldfeder) cut the ribbon at the unveiling of the JCCRP’s newly retrofitted
“Client Choice Pantry” on Monday.

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