Courtesy of JTA Photo credit: Met Council David G. Greenfield, CEO of Met Council, speaks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of The Lev Aharon Community Food Pantry in Kew Gardens Hills, New York on Jan. 28, 2020. 

Courtesy of JTA Photo credit: Met Council

David G. Greenfield, CEO of Met Council, speaks at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of The Lev Aharon Community Food Pantry in Kew Gardens Hills, New York on Jan. 28, 2020. 

(JTA) — The head of one of New York’s largest Jewish charities wants food pantry workers to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines.

David Greenfield, the CEO of Met Council, said pantry workers should be treated like public-facing supermarket staff, who are eligible for the vaccine in New York state in the latest distribution phase.

Met Council’s Kosher Food Network, with forty pantries, is the largest kosher food network for the needy in the country. The latest pantry, opened earlier this month in the borough of Queens, serves the city’s immigrant Bukharian Jewish community.

Pantries in Albany, the state capital, are also pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo for their workers, who are mostly volunteers, to get vaccinated.

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