standard Thanksgiving Mitzvah! Free Kosher Turkeys in Flatbush

Food Bank of New York workers in Flatbush Thursday morning (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Food Bank of New York workers in Flatbush Thursday morning (Photo by Matthew Taub)

More than two years after Hurricane Sandy, Thanksgiving remains a difficult holiday for cash-strapped central Brooklyn residents still struggling to repair their homes. Hoping to change that experience, the Food Bank of New York City headed to Flatbush Thursday morning to distribute over 300 kosher turkeys to local residents in need.

“It’s a great feeling to help people around the holidays,” said Rhiannon Nihill, a Food Bank of New York volunteer. “There’s no necessity more important than having food on the table.”

The giveaway was in partnership with local food pantry, Bnai Raphael Chesed.

“We hand out food every day, but it’s especially heartwarming working with the food bank like this,” said Raphael Hazan,  Ben Rafael Chesed’s President. “There’s nothing more rewarding than being able to give to the kosher community and help people in need.”

Raphael Hazan, President of Ben Rafael Chesed, with Dr. Camesha Grant, Director of Member Services for the Food Bank of New York (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Raphael Hazan, President of Ben Rafael Chesed, with Dr. Camesha Grant, Director of Member Services for the Food Bank of New York (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Food Bank of New York City’s efforts are part of its Thankful to Give campaign, celebrating all those who have given so generously this holiday season and reminding all New Yorkers that “hunger never takes a holiday.” The event in Flatbush Thursday morning was just one of several events planned by the Food Bank this week, and will ultimately result in their giving out some 1,350 turkeys to a diverse range of Sandy-affected communities, from Coney Island to Staten Island to the Rockaways.

Food Bank For New York City and its network of charities and partners are committed to helping Sandy survivors rebuild their lives. Since Day One of Sandy, Food Bank has helped to connect families in Sandy-affected areas with SNAP (food stamps), free tax prep, free wi-fi and emergency food.

A Food Bank of New York worker hands a free kosher turkey to a local resident (Photo by Matthew Taub)

A Food Bank of New York worker hands a free kosher turkey to a local resident (Photo by Matthew Taub)

The organization, funded by the city, state and private donors, has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Funding for the “free turkeys” initiative came from Sandy-relief allocations at the city and state levels, said Amy Thompson, a Capacity Associate.