Requests for free seder food spike throughout the city; elderly, working poor, sandwich generation hit hard.
For thousands of New Yorkers this week, there was no freedom from want at Passover.
At seders from Marine Park, Brooklyn, to Cedarhurst in the Five Towns, more of the ritual food that lined the dining room and kitchen tables was in the form of handouts than at any time in recent memory, say social service providers. And the food is coming from a growing number of Jewish communal agencies trying to cope with increased need levels as the recession drags on.
The 11th Plague, it turns out, is a sputtering economy.
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