More than 70 Jewish and Catholic teens packed 140 cartons of nonperishable food for the food pantry run by the Bronx Jewish Community Council (BJCC), a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency. BJCC’s food pantry, which operates on a walk-in basis and serves anyone in need, is the third largest in the borough and the only one open five days per week. The pantry has been seeing more clients since Hurricane Sandy created additional need in the area.
Joining Mamaroneck teen Mpanja Rwakibale was Marlee Baumberg, 16, of Scarsdale who said, “This year’s event is really special. It’s great to work with teens from the Catholic community; we share an interest in responding to the needs of those who are hungry in our own backyard. Working together to really make a difference is exciting.”
Bound by a shared imperative to bring dignity, healing, and hope to all New Yorkers, the UJA-Federation and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York have joined forces to leverage their vast networks to deliver 1 million meals to the hungry, literally multiplying their impact.
About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, almost 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with nearly 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at http://www.ujafedny.org.