As a result of the Covid-19 pandemics our NYC communities are facing several urgent and long- term threats:
1. Countless people are or will become isolated in their homes: the elderly,
immunocompromised and quarantined families in particular.
2. The rapid spread of food shortages and other insecurity is overwhelming existing systems with the isolated and underprivileged facing the clearest and most imminent danger.
3. Essential businesses are laying off employees and running the risk of shutting down completely in the immediate future. The food industry, including local restauranteurs and caterers, is a clear example.
4. The rapid destruction of business and social fabric could generate a local post-COVID economy that has not only lost stock market paper value, but also the human capital to rebuild at a reasonably fast pace.
West Side Solidarity Action Inc. (“WSSA”) aims at providing urgent support to the individuals in need while taking action to lessen the impact on business and social infrastructure.
We started with a local grassroots initiative by a small neighborhood synagogue and its caterer who committed to and have already delivered hundreds of kosher meals to the isolated. Our purpose is to make it possible to maintain and expand this initiative.
In addition, WSSA’s urgent mandate will include delivery of a “Seder in a box” for Passover and, as the needs arise, the delivery of other essentials to the isolated and most vulnerable.