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We are thrilled to announce that the Kosher Meal program for children ages 1-18 will be available in multiple sites throughout NJ! In addition to distribution sites currently operating in Lakewood, Passaic, Deal, and Edison, Teach NJ is proud to add new sites that have opened in Cherry Hill, Elizabeth, Bergenfield, and Teaneck. This program is free and available to all families with no restrictions on eligibility or income.

Locations

Bergen County – Teaneck

  • Pickup from Yeshivat He’Atid located at 1500 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck on Thursdays.
  • Please check the sign up sheet and your confirmation email for specific distribution times, driving instructions, and other important information.
  • Please note that the USDA program guidelines do not allow carpools.
  • Please make sure your trunk is empty when you come to pick up to ensure the line moves quickly.
  • Please click here to sign up for Bergen County pickup. You must sign up EACH WEEK.
  • Please make sure to pick up your meals if you filled out the sign-up sheet.The caterer is only reimbursed by the government based on the meals that are distributed, not prepared. If you do not pick up your meal, it could jeopardize the program as the caterer could lose money and food may be wasted.
  • Please only sign up for one location distribution in Bergen County.
  • Meals are made in a nut free facility.
  • For any questions or concerns, please email BergenCountyKosherFood@gmail.com.

Bergen County – Bergenfield

  • Pickup from Bergenfield High School located at 80 South Prospect Avenue, Bergenfield every Wednesday from 11:00AM-2:00PM
  • Proceed on South Prospect and make a left on Clinton and follow sign for “Kosher Meal Pick-up.”
  • Please note that the USDA program guidelines do not allow carpools.
  • Please make sure to have a sheet with your name and amount of children you will be picking up for visible in your dashboard. 
  • Please click here to sign up for Bergenfield pickup. You must sign up EACH WEEK.
  • Please make sure to pick up your meals if you filled out the sign-up sheet. The caterer is only reimbursed by the government based on the meals that are distributed, not prepared. If you do not pick up your meal, it could jeopardize the program as the caterer could lose money and food may be wasted.
  • Please make sure your trunk is empty when you come to pick up to ensure the line moves quickly.
  • Meals are made in a nut free facility.
  • Please only sign up for one location distribution in Bergen County.
  • For any questions or concerns, please email sfrost@fivestarcaterers.com.

Greater MetroWest Community

  • Pickup from Bruriah High School, 35 North Avenue, Elizabeth, every Wednesday between 7:30AM and 11:00AM. 
  • All cars must enter the parking lot by making a right turn off North Avenue. 
  • Please note that the USDA program guidelines do not allow carpools.
  • Please make sure to have a sheet with your name and amount of children you will be picking up for visible in your dashboard. Please try and pick up your meals on your own and carpool only under extenuating circumstances.  
  • Please make sure your trunk is empty when you come to pick up to ensure the line moves quickly.
  • Please click here to sign up for Greater MetroWest pickup. You must sign up EACH WEEK.
  • Please make sure to pick up your meals if you filled out the sign-up sheet. The caterer is only reimbursed by the government based on the meals that are distributed, not prepared. If you do not pick up your meal, it could jeopardize the program as the caterer could lose money and food may be wasted.
  • For any questions or concerns, please email GMWKosherFood@gmail.com

Cherry Hill/South Jersey

  • Pickup from Young Israel of Cherry Hill, 817 Cooper Landing Rd, Cherry Hill every Thursday between 5:00PM and 7:00PM.
  • Cars will start lining up at Sons Of Israel (720 Cooper Landing Rd) and be directed to the distribution site.
  • Please make sure your trunk is empty when you come to pick up to ensure the line moves quickly.
  • Please click here to sign up for South Jersey pickup. You must sign up EACH WEEK.
  • For any questions or concerns, please email yonaton.yares@gmail.com

FAQ'S

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing free meals to all children ages 1-18. Teach NJ along with multiple partners have received approval for kosher meals at multiple distribution sites around the state. There is no charge for these meals. All households with children age 18 and under are eligible to participate in this USDA program. Due to the current health emergency, the income eligibility requirement has been waived.

General Program FAQ’s:

  1. Who is eligible for the Kosher meal program?
    Any family which children ages 1-18.
  2. Where is the funding for this food coming from?
    It is a federal program called the Summer Foods Service Program which is run through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the state.
  3. How is this free to everyone?
    The program’s purpose is to provide nutritionally balanced meals to those that are income eligible. Due to the current pandemic, the income eligibility requirement has been waived so that more children can be fed in these difficult circumstances.
  4. Will the staff and volunteers be abiding by social distancing guidelines?
    Yes, there will be contactless delivery. You drive up and open your trunk, and the staff/volunteers will put the food directly into your trunk, then you drive away. They will be wearing proper PPE as well.
  5. Where are the meals prepared and what is the Kashrut certification?
    For the Elizabeth location: Gelbstein’s Bakery located at 415 Clifton Ave. in Lakewood, NJ is presently under the supervision of the ועד הכשרות דלייקוואוד – KCL and are accordingly kosher למהדרין מן המהדרין ,Pas-Bishul Yisroel, Pareve or Cholov Yisroel.  For the Teaneck location: Five Star Caterers located at 383 Minnisink Road, Totowa, NJ 07512. Under the Kosher supervision of the Orthodox Union.
  6. Where and when do we pick up meals?
    Please email klymanr@teachcoalition.org to determine the closest pickup location information to your home.
  7. If I register but do not want the meals, can I just not show up?
    No. It is important to pick up the meals if you have registered. The USDA only pays for claimed meals. Ordering meals and not picking them up is costly to the kosher program.
  8. Can I pick up meals for my children in multiple locations each week?
    No. The USDA Summer Food Program is designed to provide one breakfast and one lunch per day per child.
  9. Do I need to bring anything with me when I pick up meals?
    You do not need to bring any identification with you. We only ask that you have a sheet of paper with your last name and number of children to easily identify and manage the volume of cars.
  10. If my family is vegetarian, or if we have other dietary restrictions can I indicate a preference on the registration form?
    At this time, there will be only one distribution option. Some days the main course will be meat; on others, it will be pareve or dairy.
  11. Can non-kosher consumers pick up meals at these designated locations?
    Yes. The USDA Summer Food Program, at all sites, is open to all children 1-18.

Teaneck Distribution Site FAQ’s:

1. Who is providing the food?

All prepared foods are being provided by 3 local caterers, Petaks, Kosher Experience & Five Star. Each caterer provides different items for the weekly box of food. All food is under OU supervision.

2. Can you explain how each of the meals for the week are divided?

We are keeping with the strict regulations of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. We have hired a consultant who has worked for many years in advising kosher lunch programs how to fulfill these guidelines. More information on meals can be found at:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program.

3. Are you able to provide more variety in the meals?

We strive to provide a variety of different food options weekly and try to provide a ‘special’ item weekly. However, because of the strict regulations of the USDA we do not have much leeway in taking specific requests of food kids may enjoy more than others.

4. My food box seems to be different then a friend of mine. Can you please clarify?

We are providing two types of boxes. A box for 1 child and a box for 3 children. The box
for 3 children, has larger portions and may include other products that the one box does
not. Larger families will receive more food than smaller families.

5. How do I know that I am getting the exact amount of food that is required under
this program?

We adhere to the strict standards set out by the USDA guidelines. The portion sizes may seem smaller that what a normal child eats, but it does adhere to the standards of the USDA Summer Food Service Program. Please note, the portion size for a main meal is only 4oz which does appear to be smaller than a normal size meal.

6. Is there any oversight that the food providers of this program are adhering to the
USDA Food Service Program?

This program is being audited by the USDA and visits from their representatives have already been made and will be made randomly throughout this program.

7. Can you provide labeling for each product in the box?

We have asked all our food providers to clearly label each product including kosher information. All boxes should be sealed with OU kosher tape which assures that all products are kosher in case labeling has mistakenly fallen off.

8. Can you provide allergy information?

We are unable guarantee all allergy information as some are made in different facilities. We have asked all vendors to clearly label food items, when possible. We will do our best in providing in a weekly email the information we are aware of.

9- Why do you provide so much milk?

This is a federal USDA requirement to provide this exact amount of milk per child per week. We are unable to provide less milk as we must adhere strictly to the USDA standards.

10. Are you able to provide Cholov Yisrael food?

We strive to provide as many products as possible that are Cholov Yisrael. At this time, we are unable to provide Cholov Yisrael milk. Due to the summer months, we have invested in a refrigerated trailer that delivers fresh milk the day of pick up. This provides the freshest and coldest milk. None of our Cholov Yisrael providers have been able to accommodate this request. We will continue to try to find a Cholov Yisrael provider who will agree to send us a trailer weekly.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Renee Klyman at Klymanr@teachcoalition.org.