On Friday, May 8, 2000 local children began receiving Kosher Grab-and-Go breakfasts and lunches from Ahava Catering, at Congregation Beth Sholom, in Providence through a program of the Providence Parks Department. This was the result of hours of work by local Jewish groups, including the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, Providence Hebrew Day School, Congregation Beth Sholom, Ahava Catering and Rhode Island Kosher. The free meals program is equivalent to that of the Providence public schools. Each week, on Friday, parents pick up meals for four days and on Tuesday for three days resulting in seven days of Kosher meals for all children ages 18 and under regardless of need. The boxed meals are distributed at Congregation Beth Shalom on Camp Street. The meals are certified by Rhode Island Kosher.
This is a first for the Kosher community in Providence. The hope is that the free meals program, which is due to expire at the end of June, will continue at least through the summer. For more information, contact Ahava Catering, 401-272-4835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.