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For Immediate Release: Contact:
Sunday, March 20, 2005  Corey Bearak
(718) 343-6779

Jewish Community Kicks Off 2nd Annual Food Drive at Purim Carnival at the Y

          Jewish community organizations and agencies joined with Councilman David Weprin to kick off the Second Annual Pre-Passover Food Drive, Sunday. March 20, 2005, at the Samuel YM&YWHA, prior to the Y's annual La Fiesta De Purim Purim Carnival. The month long drive runs through April 18.

As the largest regional Jewish community council in the Greater New York area, the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council proudly sponsors this program with the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, The Samuel Field/Bay Terrace YM&YWHA, and Queens Region-Hadassah, BBYO and many local synagogues and schools. The Council encourages donations of unopened non-perishable foods such as baby food, beans, pasta, rice, canned food at collection points through out northeast Queens -- including the Samuel Field Y -- and adjoining communities.

             The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty provides more than 2.5 million pounds of food to needy families every year.  More than 12,000 families receive food packages from Met Council's Kosher Food Network each month.  We could not provide this service without the kindness and compassion of our dedicated citywide network of Jewish Community Councils, like Northeast Queens JCC.


Photo Caption: NEQJCC President Jeff Gurdus, Council Member David Weprin, NEQJCC Chair Corey Bearak, teens from the Y, Executive Director Gail Eisenberg and Samuel Field Y Assistant Director Rick Lewis

Photo Caption: Council Member David Weprin checks out the Purim Carnival

Photo Caption: Council Member David Weprin watches young people doing arts and crafts at the Purim Carnival

Photo Caption: Council Member David Weprin with some happy young athletes.


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