The Alix Rubinger kosher food pantry is about the size of a closet, according to its volunteers. And it may feel even smaller to those who work inside, as the shelves are typically filled with nonperishable goods and condiments.
But volunteer Fran Rosen, of Massapequa, is quick to note: “It’s a very little room, with big hearts.”
The kosher food pantry was first established in 1998 with Congregation Beth El in Massapequa. About five years ago, the synagogue merged with the Bellmore Jewish Center and became Congregation Beth Ohr in Bellmore. Since then, the food pantry has had more volunteers than ever before.
Iris Astrof has been running the pantry since it began. Before the coronavirus pandemic, people came by to pick up food twice a week during designated hours.