Have a Question? Kosher Meal Program.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the USDA and State of Maryland have been providing free meals to all children age 18 and under. Yad Yehuda has been approved as a distributor of kosher meals for this program. There is no charge for these meals. All households with children age 18 and under are eligible to participate. Due to the current nationwide health emergency, the income eligibility requirement has been waived.
Q. What is the purpose of the kosher meal program recently begun by Yad Yehuda?
A. The USDA has expanded its Summer Food Program to ensure that all children 18 and under can receive daily, nutritious meals during the COVID-19 crisis. With assistance from the OU Teach Coalition and with support from Montgomery County and state officials, Yad Yehuda has worked to expand the USDA Summer Food Program to ensure that area kosher consumers can fully participate.
Q. Where can I pick up kosher meals for my children?
A. Kosher meals are distributed Wednesday nights, 6pm – 8pm at Northwood High School, 919 University Blvd., West in Silver Spring.
Q. What foods will be served?
A. An array of nutritious, family-friendly foods will be packed up for each child. Please visit usda.yadyehuda.org to learn more about menus.
Q. Do I need to pre-order my children's meals?
A. We strongly encourage pre-orders to enable us to accurately predict the number of meals required each day. If you have not pre-ordered, meals are still available to all children 18 and under on a first-come, first-served basis. Preorder at usda.yadyehuda.org.
Q. If my family is vegetarian, can I indicate “no meat” as a preference on the pre-order?
A. No. Sometimes the foods will be meat; other times, meals will be pareve or dairy. You may view menu information at http://moco.covidgw.com, under "Menu Details."
Q. Should my family feel compelled to receive meals if we would otherwise not participate, specifically to make families in financial distress feel more comfortable?
A. No. You should receive meals only if you would like to have the meals for your family. Hundreds of families within a wide range of financial means have been receiving meals.
Q. If I pre-order but do not want the meals, can I just not show up?
A. No. It is important to pick up the meals if you have pre-ordered. The USDA only pays our vendors for claimed meals. Ordering meals and not picking them up is costly to the kosher program.
Q. If I live in DC, can I pick up meals for my family in Kemp Mill?
A. Yes. Families living in any jurisdiction in the DC region can pick up meals at our distribution site.
Q. Can non-kosher consumers pick up meals?
A. Yes. The USDA Summer Food Program, at all of its sites, is open to all children 18 and under.
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