JCCRP Food Pantry Reopens In Far Rockaway
When superstorm Sandy hit in October it severely damaged the food pantry run by the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula. On Monday, July 22nd, the JCCRP and local representatives cut the ribbon on the renovated food pantry in Far Rockaway.
The reopened food pantry is now a Client Choice Pantry, which replicates shopping in a grocery store. It is designed to allow low-income residents to browse the pantry shelves, while providing a comfortable shopping experience.
“By converting to a Client Choice pantry, you’re not only providing food, but providing your clients with the dignity that they so well deserve – particularly in their time of need,” said Dominique Jones, the chief programs officer for the Food Bank for New York City, at the ribbon cutting.
“Unfortunately, the issue of hunger and the issue of need is not going away,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. He added, “No one who comes through these doors looking for help is denied or turned away. For those people who seek some sort of solace here, we say ‘thank you’. ”
Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, who called the JCCRP a great partner, talked about the importance of the reopening.
“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.”
Councilman Donovan Richards commended the JCCRP for the work they do.
“I see it every day,” said Richards. “My office is across the street, so I actually see the lines. People from all walks of life come here to really get what they need.”
The JCCRP Food Pantry’s first day of operation was on July 23. It is located at 15-25 Central Avenue (entrance on Foam Place) in Far Rockaway. It is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The renovation of the food pantry was made possible by a grant underwritten by the Mayor’s Fund.