Over 450 parcels of Pesach essentials will be distributed to elderly and isolated members of the community through a joint initiative between the United Synagogue and the London School of Jewish Studies.
Project Chesed parcels include matzah, wine, tea, coffee, cheese and cold meats. They will be dispatched across 24 US communities, with the greatest demand from Hackney and East London Synagogue.
Rakusen’s, Osem, Blooms and Snowcrest are among food firms supporting the venture, which has also received backing from the Benjamin Angel Foundation and a private donor.
As part of the scheme, 12 US communities have arranged collection of chametz for distribution to homeless shelters.
A card has been sent to US members advising how they can make a difference at Pesach.
Project director Candice Woolfson has been “overwhelmed by the level of support we have received from volunteers who have packaged all the goods, and the kosher food suppliers who have offered items free of charge. So many members of our community who would otherwise have been without Pesach food this year will benefit.”