The Lev Aharon Community Food Pantry was created by two leading Jewish charity organizations, Met Council and Chazaq, with the goal of providing help to the largely Bukharian Jewish community in the neighborhood.
Met Council CEO David Greenfield guaranteed that the shelves will always be stocked at the food pantry, but reminded people that it is still a “bittersweet day.”
“The community needs more help,” Greenfield said. “The least that we can do for this community is to make sure that they have a sustained source of food.”
The pantry is named after Chazaq CEO Aharon Meirov and Rabbi Aharon Walkin, two influential figures in the community who died from COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic.
“Whenever we can put food on an individual’s plate, that is what Queens is about,” said Borough President Donovan Richards said. “That is what the Jewish community is about. We have looked out for each other, looked out for our neighbors, and that’s what makes Queens a strong borough.”
Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal thanked the volunteers and staff members at the pantry, and took note of the hundreds of bags of food being put together for the community.
“I had the pleasure of volunteering here last week, and the demand is real and the work is exhausting,” Rosenthal said. “There were lines around the block.”