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Kosher food pantry opens

Jeff Kronenfeld | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:17 am

In Arizona, one in six people struggles with food insecurity, according to the Arizonans Preventing Hunger Action Plan 2017. Yecheskel Friedman, co-founder and president of Ezras Cholim of Phoenix (ECP), is quick to point out that this number includes many members of the Jewish community. This is one of the reasons ECP opened the Kosher Food Pantry last week, a kosher food bank available to the community five days a week.

Another reason for the pantry’s creation was a promise Friedman made to Baila Neuwirth, an ECP co-founder: “Baila was on her deathbed, laboring with her breathing, and I told her, ‘I’ll continue what you started, to my last breath,’ ” Friedman said.

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