Fishers, N.Y. – New York apple growers are helping to
ensure that 2,500 local families facing hunger have apples to make charoset for
Passover Seder this year.
The New York Apple
Association, Inc. (NYAA) is donating more than 3,000 pounds of apples to Masbia,
the New York-based nonprofit kosher soup kitchen and food pantry. New York Apple Sales, Inc., headquartered in
Castleton, is donating another 3,000+ pounds of New York state apples. Masbia staff and
volunteers will parcel the apples with other charoset ingredients into
take-home kits for 2,500 client families.
today at a press conference at Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue that it plans
to distribute 180,000 meals with a retail value of over $600,000 for this
Passover, Masbia’s largest food distribution since its founding in 2005.
Charoset is a
traditional food served during Seder, the evening ritual that observes the
beginning of Passover. Charoset is a paste made of sweetened fruits, nuts and
spices. Symbolically, it represents the
mud that the ancient Israelites used to make bricks while enslaved in Egypt.
This is the second
year that NYAA has supported Masbia’sCharoset drive. Many
of last year’s recipients were still suffering after Hurricane Sandy, NYAA’s
“New York’s apple
growers are honored to be included in so many local families’ sacred Passover celebrations,”
said NYAA President Jim Allen. “We are
very thankful for the fantastic crop we harvested last fall, so we are glad to
support our community this way.”
Masbia’s Charoset drive is a natural fit for us. We don't just work here, we live here too, and
service to our community is an integral part of who we are as a company,” said
New York Apple Sales Inc. President KaariStannard. “We heard
such great things about Masbia from colleagues who helped out last year; that
was all the prompting we needed.”
“Fresh apples and
nuts might sound like basic food to many of us, but for people on a tight
budget these items are considered a luxury,” said Masbia Executive Director
Alexander Rapaport. “With this donation to our Charoset Drive, a
mother will be able to nourish her child with fresh fruit and a protein-filled
snack through the eight days of Passover.”
agricultural trade association based in Fishers, N.Y., NYAA
represents the state’s commercial apple growers.The association supports profitable growing
and marketing of New York apples through increasing demand for apples and apple
products, representing the industry at state and federal levels, and serving as
the primary information source on New York apple-related matters. For more information, visit www.nyapplecountry.com.
Masbia is a
nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals
daily for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food, and every week
handing out hundreds of weekend take-home packages of groceries. Founded in 2005, Masbia currently operates three sites throughout Brooklyn and Queens. For more information, visit www.masbia.org.