NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Some disadvantaged Long Island families who find themselves in need won’t miss out on on celebrating the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt this Passover.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

That’s because the of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns‘ Kol Dizritch Kosher Food Pantry, which opened seven years ago.

Rina Shkolnik told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that the pantry helped 35 families when it first opened.

The pantry has grown since then, now helping nearly 270 families during the tough economic times.

“We identified a need in the community but we never thought that it would grow to this number,” Shkolnik said.

It’s the largest Kosher food pantry on the island.

Shkolnik said the pantry needs both Kosher food and financial donations. Shkolnik was delighted that one person recently donated 200 Kosher chickens.

“We are preserving the dignity of people. Nobody needs to know who they are and they just have to come in,” she said.

The pantry is located at 1012 Central Avenue in Woodmere. You can also get in touch by phone at 516-295-5678.

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