Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Rock- away), Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway), Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway), and the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 22nd for the unveiling of the JCCRP’s newly retrofitted “Client Choice Pantry.” The new facility is located at 1525 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway.
“It comes as no surprise that particularly after the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, the food pantry at the 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 we are now set to re-open, thanks to a grant from Food Bank.”
“The ribbon cutting ceremony is a great sign of our recovery after Superstorm Sandy,” said Assemblyman Phillip 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.”
“By creating a Client Choice Pantry, where people replicate the grocery store experience by going through aisles 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 Councilman 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.”
“We’re honored to be a part of the JCCRP effort,” said William Rapfogel, Executive Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
“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 Yorkers.”
“Having a stocked and reliable food pantry in our community is so import- ant. 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.”
“The JCCRP Client Choice Pantry is a wonderful resource for the community” said Joel Block, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Five Towns JCC.
NIVNEH worked very closely with JCCRP during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “We saw firsthand how meaningful the food pantry was to so many families who were suffering, both before and after Sandy. We are thrilled to be able to share this momentous occasion with Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director JCCRP. We continue to be impressed with all the great things happening under his leadership and are confident this renovated food pantry will be a huge success,” said Ettie and Asher Schoor, founders of Nivneh.
“The opening of a client choice pantry is the actualization of our mis- sion and vision for the JCCRP. We are thrilled to finally be able to offer our clients this much needed service in a dignified way,” said Richard Altabe, Chairman of the JCCRP board.
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. The JCCRP would not have been able to achieve this grand reopening without the support of the noted agencies above. In addition, we thank our corporate sponsors: Brach’s, Kosherworld, Lowe’s and Prism for their support with our Pantry.
The pantry is designed for low-income residents to browse the pantry shelves, 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.
There are still dedication opportunities available including: mezuzah dedication, naming rights, etc. If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please email email@example.com or call Nathan Krasnovsky, Executive Director of the JCCRP at 718-327-7755, to schedule a tour of the food pantry or to discuss this sponsorship opportunity further. Also, you can visit the JCCRP at www.jccrp.org to make a donation.￼