Kew Gardens Hills, New York

In the southwest corner of Flushing, Queens, is the small, suburban-esque neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills.  For decades, Kew Gardens Hills has been home to young families, an ethnically diverse population, and one of the largest immigrant Jewish communities in New York City. As of 2011, 37.9% of all Kew Gardens Hills residents were foreign born.*

Many of these immigrant families struggle just to get by.  According to the 2013 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census in Kew Gardens Hills:

  • 18.2% of children live in poverty
  • 41.5% of single mothers with children live in poverty
  • One quarter of households make less than $25,000 per year

Family-to-Family’s community contact in Kew Gardens Hills is Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov of the Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim Bukharian Jewish center.  Kehilat Sephardim works with thousands of families every month, providing a range of services that include a food pantry, English as a Second Language classes, domestic violence services and social activities.

In this community Family-to-Family’s sponsors’ monthly donations are mainly used to help provide poultry for recipient families. Poultry, a dinner staple for this population, is an item the Kehilat Sephardim food pantry has a hard time supplying in adequate amounts.

Community Contact
Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov
Kehilat Sephardim of Ahavat Achim
150-62 78 Road
Kew Gardens Hills, N.Y. 11367

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