Agri Star Meat & Poultry LLC will donate 20,000 pounds of product to Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning in Oklahoma City, OK to aid in food relief to local tornado victims.
“Our hearts pour out to families in Oklahoma,” said Yaakov Labowitz, VP of sales, Agri Star Meat and Poultry, LLC. He continued, “We recognize that in times of crisis, neighbor helping neighbor often provides the most comfort and a solid foundation for rebuilding. We have therefore partnered with the local Chabad Community Center to insure that a warm meal is available to those in need…that families have one less concern as they set about recovery.” Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, of the Oklahoma City Chabad Community Center (www.jewishokc.com), is coordinating volunteers to prepare and distribute the food on the local level.
“We open our arms and our hearts to all, regardless of background or affiliation. We’re innovators who believe in people. You won’t find us only talking about concepts; we bring them to life.” Center volunteers are mobilized and bringing aid to all within reach.
Although the teams have worked tirelessly through the night to coordinate logistics, loose ends remain. “We do not have our own trucks, therefore we encountered numerous challenges coordinating delivery of the product.”
The Masbia organization (www.masbia.org), provider of food relief in New York City’s five boroughs, rallied to support the efforts, by locating donors to offset the trucking expenses. Masbia founder, Alexander Rappaport, explains, “Food is most essential to victims of disaster. Food cannot bring back any losses, but it helps them keep it together. We found during our on-the-ground Sandy relief work, the victims need food, the first responders need food, the volunteers need food. You never can forget the smile on their faces when you arrive with food.”
Masbia has created a donation link for those wishing to contribute to delivering much needed food aid. Donations can be submitted to https://www.wepay.com/donations/food—relief—to—oklahoma—city. v