SCARSDALE, N.Y. – More than 135 women will package toiletries and make sandwiches as a community service project to honor four Scarsdale community leaders.
The project, sponsored by the UJA-Federation of New York's Scarsdale Women's Philanthropy, is a tribute to Caryl Orlando, Linda Plattus, Nina Ross and Suzanne Seiden.
The packaged items will go to the Bronx Jewish Community Council (BJCC), which is a beneficiary agency of the UJA-Federation. The event will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale.
The Scarsdale Women's Philanthropy will also celebrate raising $75,000 to provide a refrigerator-freezer system and shelving at the BJCC food pantry's new space in the Bronx. The community service activities are designed to highlight the increased capabilities that this capital improvement project will provide, including refrigeration to store sandwiches and storage for basic hygiene items not covered by food stamps, such as diapers and toothpaste, according to a UJA-Federation press release.
BJCC's food pantry, which operates on a walk-in basis and serves anyone in need, is the third-largest in the borough and the only one open five days a week. Food is distributed to more than 2,400 people each month, and demand has been increasing each year.