Empire poultry donates food for the needy


NEW YORK (JTA) — Empire Kosher Poultry donated 50,000 pounds of poultry to a Jewish poverty group.

The food was donated through the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, which distributes millions of pounds of kosher food annually to needy households in New York City.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Jewish organizational leaders and the head of the United Food and Commercial Local 1776 announcing the donation Feb. 6 at a Brooklyn news conference.

“With so many New Yorkers facing tough times, we must all do everything we can to tackle our challenges together as a city,” Bloomberg said, according to a news release. “Our administration recently provided emergency food programs across the city with $1.3 million worth of additional frozen foods, but many programs need help from others, too."

Jewish labor leaders praised Empire for making the donation.

"Empire is an example of how a company can do well while doing good," said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Jewish Labor Committee. "At a time when all we hear about is corporate greed, they’re a reminder that the truly successful businesses are those that work with unions and give back to the community. America would be better off if more companies followed their example."

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