The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the newly retrofitted “Client Choice Pantry,” at 1525 Central Ave. in Far Rockaway, which was damaged in Hurricane Sandy. It was financed by a grant from the Food Bank for New York City.
“It comes as no surprise that particularly after the devastating effects of Sandy, the food pantry at the JCCRP is seeing more clients than ever before,” said Nathan Krasnovsky, executive director of JCCRP.
The pantry is designed for low-income residents to browse the pantry shelves, above, while providing a comfortable experience. Additionally, the newly renovated space will enable the JCCRP to attract clients have shied away and could benefit from other services they have to offer in order to help them rebuild their lives.
The pantry has attracted patrons from as far away as Rosedale and Howard Beach.
Cutting the ribbon are Dominique Jones, top left, chief programs officer Food Bank For New York City; Camesha Grant, Food Bank For New York City’s senior director of member services; Councilman Donovan Richards; Krasnovsky; Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder; state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and JCCRP Chairman Richard Altabe.