Services to the Needy
Food Vouchers enable a person to purchase fresh food of their choice at a local supermarket. A diabetic can buy the vegetables they need a person can buy a Kosher chicken for Shabbos. Our Council provides Food Vouchers to an average of 49 people a month. Virtually all Food Voucher recipients are disabled people who must manage on an income of just $820 a month from SSI and $194 a month in Food Stamps. People who receive our Food Vouchers know that they too can enjoy a festive meal on Yom Tov or healthier meals throughout the year, without having to fear running out of food during the month. Our Council relies on charitable contributions for most of the Food Vouchers we distribute.
Your contribution of just $25 will pay for a Food Voucher given to an individual who lives alone - $50 will pay for a Food Voucher given to a larger family. Please consider a contribution that will enable us to provide generous assistance to several families at this Yom Tov season.
The Jewish Community Council of Pelham Parkway operates the neighborhood’s only Walk-In Social Service Center. We provide information, guidance and direct assistance to hundreds of area residents each month. The Council provides daily responses to inquiries as simple as a parent asking for the names of local Day Care providers or as critical as a family in need of emergency food or the funds to avoid a utility turn-off or eviction. Many of the people we assist are disabled adults whose rent consumes as much as 90% of their monthly disability income and families that must manage on the low wages of part time employment
Council staff works with a variety of government and private sector programs to assist all of our neighbors in need. We operate the largest food pantry in the East Bronx and help people secure all of the resources that may be of help to them.
The Council works in cooperation with and draws on the resources of many agencies to assist the needy. These include the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, The Bronx Jewish Community Council, The Food Bank for New York, The Westchester Inter-Faith Food Bank as well as the generosity of numerous individuals who contribute to our Tzedukah fund.
WORKING FOR OUR
COMMUNITY AND ITS PEOPLE
“Stanley” is a developmentally disabled man who lived with his parents all of his life and is now alone since his mother passed away last month. Mom and Dad never made the arrangements they should have made. “Stanley” is without any income and he just bought some food with the last $5.00
he found in the house. A kindly neighbor calls the Jewish Community Council to find out “what can be done for “Stanley?”. The Council keeps “Stanley’s” utilities turned on, food in his refrigerator and gives him some pocket money until long term arrangements can be made for his housing and care.