May 23, 2013
Jewish organizations to deliver 20,000 pounds of food to Oklahoma
A pile of destroyed cars belonging to teachers outside Briarwood elementary school in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 22. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
In the wake of the disastrous tornado in Oklahoma, The National Council of Young Israel has joined with the Masbia organizations, as well as with Agri Star Meat & Poultry LLC to provide 20,000 pounds of foods for the relief effort.
The Jewish Journal previously reported that the Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma was taking in those whose homes were ruined in the tornado, and that subsequent to the disaster many Jewish organizations were collection donations for victims. Yet, this is the largest Jewish effort so far.
[Relief effort: How you can help]
Masbia, a New York based network of soup kitchens regularly serves meals to those without food, and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, fed over 3,000 people. For Oklahoma, Masbia decided to raise the requisite funds for the shipping of the food from Agri Star Meat & Poultry. Once NCYI learned of the joint efforts of Masbia and Agri Star Meat & Poultry, it began to help raise the money for delivery. Previously, NCYI worked with Masbia after Hurricane Sandy. Agri Star has a facillity in Postville, Iowa where the food will be shipped initially, and then from there to Oklahoma.
“Food is most essential to victims of disaster,” said Alexander Rappaport, the founder of Masbia. “Food cannot bring back any loses, 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.”
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Sarah Dick reads a Doctor Suess book to her three-year-old daughter Jadyn in the driveway of her tornado-destroyed house in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 22. Rescue workers with sniffer dogs picked through the ruins on Wednesday to ensure no survivors remained buried after a deadly tornado left thousands homeless and trying to salvage what was left of their belongings. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
Joe Bell recovers a mixer from his kitchen in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 22. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
Jon Booth carries debris from his mother's tornado-destroyed home across the street from the Plaza Towers elementary school in Moore, Okla., on May 22. The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened entire blocks of the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
A sign reads "God Bless Moore" as workers make repairs to the Warren theatre on May 22. Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters
A flag in the foundation of a flattened home a day after a tornado devastated the town Moore, Okla., on the outskirts of Oklahoma City on May 21. Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters
Damaged neighborhoods in Moore, Okla., on May 21. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
A man carries his belongings through debris in the suburb of Moore, Okla. on May 21. Photo by Adrees Latif/Reuters
A teddy bear salvaged from the rubble of a tornado-destroyed home sits on the back of a vehicle in Moore, Okla., on May 21. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
Overturned cars in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 20. Photo by Richard Rowe/Reuters
Lightning strikes over interstate 35 near Moore, Okla., on May 21. Thunderstorms and lightning slowed the rescue effort on Tuesday, but 101 people had been pulled from the debris alive, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokeswoman Betsy Randolph said. Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters
The remnants of a neighborhood near the Plaza Towers elementary school on May 22. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
A tornado-damaged bedroom with clothes hanging in the closet in Oklahoma City, Okla., on May 22. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters
Destroyed buildings and overturned cars in Moore, Okla. on May 20. The powerful tornado that struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma, on Monday was given a preliminary rating of at least EF4, or the second highest strength level, with winds of up to 200 miles per hour (321 kph), a U.S. government agency said. Photo by Richard Rowe/Reuters
Abby Madi, left, and Peterson Zatterlee comfort Zaterlee's dog Rippy, after a tornado struck Moore, Okla., on May 20. Photo by Gene Blevins/Reuters
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