Some Queens families in need will have a joyous new year with the help of two local lawmakers.
State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz of Forest Hills visited the Queens Jewish Community Council food pantry in Flushing Tuesday to help hand out food to needy families for Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year.
The bags were filled with produce, noodles and other food and will help many families prepare meals for the holiday, which falls this year on Sept. 13 to 15.
Stavisky said that seeing the smiles on the faces of recipients was truly a rewarding experience.
“Even though we are an affluent county, there are many people for whom this will be the main meal for the Jewish New Year,” Stavisky said. “Many of those to whom we handed out food parcels were immigrants from the former Soviet Union and we have an obligation to help those less fortunate.”
Queens Jewish Community Council Executive Director Cynthia Zalisky said that the donations ensure everyone can celebrate the New Year without the worry of securing enough food.
“The Queens Jewish Community Council (QJCC) understands how expensive the Jewish High Holiday special ceremonial products are to the members of the community that are having a difficult time making ends meet,” Zalisky said. “QJCC, therefore conducts a Rosh Hashanah food distribution drive to provide some of those items to ensure that our families have an enjoyable and sweet new year.”