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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-06-02

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Helping Feed
The Hungry

Volunteer Mike Rich honored for
his longtime service to Yad Ezra.


ad Ezra, Metro Detroit's kosher
food pantry, is able to accom-
plish its mission of feeding
needy Jewish families in Metro Detroit
because of the dedication and commit-
ment of its volunteers. To honor its volun-
teers and board members, Yad Ezra held
its annual dinner May 11 at Congregation
Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield.
Mike Rich of Oak Park was honored
with the Diane and Emery Klein Volunteer
Recognition Award, which recognizes the
importance of volunteers to the organiza-
tion and pays tribute to an individual or
couple who truly merits the honor.
Rich is a three-times-a-week volunteer
who has given his time, energy and tal-
ent to Yad Ezra for 15 years. In addition to

having served on the board,
he currently serves as a key
pricing control agent, help-
ing ensure that Yad Ezra
gets the best prices for items
When Yad Ezra moved to
Beth /1/41)ra ha in 111110 Moses
its Berkley location, Mike
worked with the architect
Elaine Ryke, Yad Ezra operations director joins Mike Rich, 2011 Volunteer of the Year awardee.
and building committee to
choose the appropriate shelv-
ing, cooler and freezer.
His mathematical abilities enable him 1,600 families in less than one week's
month. Thanks to the community's
to glance at a pallet or shelf filled with
generosity, Yad Ezra is able to distribute
food and tell us how exactly much there
Judy Kepes and Nicole Lester co-chaired more than 900,000 pounds of food and
is in inventory. Passover is his favorite
the event.
toiletries annually. For more information
time of year when he helps organize
Yad Ezra currently distributes food
about volunteer opportunities, call Yad
the distribution of holiday groceries to
to approximately 1,600 families every
Ezra at (248) 548-3663. II

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