Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Marble Hill (KRMH) Food & Hunger Project, Inc.

We collect non-perishable items at the Meeting House, distributing them from the Church of the Mediator. The Society welcomes food donations Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sundays from 12:30 to 1:00 pm.

With the current economic situation, your contributions are needed more urgently than ever.

Checks can be sent payable to KRMH Food & Hunger Project, Inc., PO Box 251, Riverdale Station, Bronx, New York 10471. For more information, please contact Dr. Frances Segan at 718 796-7166 or Kay Dundorf at 718 548-4445.

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More Ways Individuals and Organizations Can Help the Food and Hunger Project

  • Volunteers are needed to help collect, pack and redistribute bagged food.
  • Pack 100 bags one day a month at the Riverdale Y.
  • Help create a new brochure and update the computer mailing lists.
  • Contribute food, cash or in-kind support by providing a site to hold a fundraising concert or help in holiday gift bag preparation.
  • Help with additional fundraising activities.
  • Sponsor a food drive in your building.
  • We need participation of more institutions and expanded representation on the Advisory Board.

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KRMH Today

Dr. Frances Segan of Riverdale Temple is currently the President of KRMH and Society Board Member. Kay Dundorf is the treasurer. Current participating organizations include St. Margaret‘s Church, Riverdale Temple, Christ Church Riverdale, Riverdale Presbyterian Church, Congregation Shareei Shalom, The Mediator, Riverdale AARP, RKSD Clergy Conference and Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. The Society urges congregants to bring food when they come for meetings. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies totally on food and cash contributions.

KRMH provides the following services:

  • Provides supplementary, kosher grocery packages for the most homebound elderly through the Riverdale Y’s Friday hot meal program.
  • Distributes food supplies to individuals and community agencies through Church of the Mediator, which houses the Pantry.
  • Gives holiday gift packages to children, needy families, recent immigrants and the homeless, and brings special cheer to homebound seniors, as well as women, men and children in shelters.
  • KRMH recognizes special needs: upon request the Project provides low-sodium, low cholesterol, low sugar and kosher packages of food.
Remembering Dr. Mathilda Furman

Willie Furman and Dr. Mathilda Furman

Willie Furman and Dr. Mathilda Furman

Dr. Mathilda Furman, a longtime member of the Society, affectionately known as “Mattie”, founded the Kingsbridge Riverdale Marble Hill Food & Hunger Project, Inc. (KRMH) in February, 1980. The impetus for the hunger project came from hearing a platform on hunger at the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. The talk also made her think of an 8-year old boy diagnosed with malnutrition that week at Montefiore Hospital, where Dr. Furman worked.

The project began in 1980 after research revealed a surprising number of hungry people in our own and neighboring communities. Although Riverdale was seen as “affluent”, the project found many who desperately needed help at one time or another. Soon thereafter, she launched her program, and enlisted the support of rabbis, priests or anybody who would listen. This became an interfaith not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating the problem of hunger right here in our communities.

Even after she was confined to a wheelchair in 1993, Dr. Furman insisted that volunteers gather at her apartment on West 240th Street in Riverdale to package food for the holidays so she could supervise and be certain that such special requirements as food for diabetics, young children and those who kept kosher would be fulfilled. Then-Society members Helen Auerbach, Annie Elias, Marianne Cohen, Yvonne Dolly and Toby Kirsh served selflessly as volunteers for many years.

A biochemist, Dr. Furman was of Turkish and Sephardic background and was educated in Istanbul, Paris and New York, and practiced at Albert Einstein Medical Center. In 2000 she received a proclamation from the New York State Legislature, as well as a Certificate of Merit from the Bronx Borough President for her dedicated work.

Dr. Furman passed away at 84 on December 3, 2000, at Sound Shore Hospital in New Rochelle after a long illness. Former Riverdale Temple Rabbi Stephen D. Franklin officiated at the funeral service on December 6, and our former Leader Curt Collier participated. Interment followed at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hawthorne. She left behind her son, Roger.

Sunday Meetings

Oct
28
Sun
11:00 am Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference
Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference
Oct 28 @ 11:00 am
Sanctuary: Welcoming Difference @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
How do we handle diversity and difference?  Do we unconsciously borrow the “melting pot” metaphor and assume that difference will be “melted down” into a sameness?  (And remembering that in American culture, some groups were[...]
Nov
4
Sun
11:00 am Memory: Live for Your Eulogy, No...
Memory: Live for Your Eulogy, No...
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am
Memory: Live for Your Eulogy, Not Just Your Resumé @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
During some parts of our lives, we get caught up in making a living, responding to our children’s needs right now.  At other parts of our lives, we may get caught up in remembering what[...]
Nov
11
Sun
11:00 am Memory: Re-Membering the World
Memory: Re-Membering the World
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am
Memory: Re-Membering the World @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Memory is a strange experience.  Memory can inspire and memory can warn. Memory can also be manipulated. We would like to think that our minds record what has happened, like a video tape, but instead,[...]
Nov
18
Sun
11:00 am Stone Salad: A Family Sunday
Stone Salad: A Family Sunday
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Stone Salad: A Family Sunday @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
You’ve heard of the story of Stone Soup?  If not, you’ll hear it this week. Our modernized version is called Stone Salad. We’ll celebrate generosity together through a family-friendly pot luck and festival. Bring some food to[...]

Events Coming Soon

Oct
22
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 22 @ 8:00 pm
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Oct
29
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Nov
5
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Nov 5 @ 8:00 pm
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Nov
11
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical
Coffee House @Ethical
Nov 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Coffee House @Ethical @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
We have a great line-up of musicians for the November session of the Coffee House @Ethical! We’re featuring Hudson Valley Sally and Jenny Murphy! $15 at the door, includes a cup of hot or iced[...]
Nov
12
Mon
8:00 pm Emergency Overnight Shelter
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm
Emergency Overnight Shelter
Monday 8 pm to Tuesday 6 am Since March 31, 2003 the Riverdale Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, in partnership with Congregation Tehillah and the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale (HIR), has faithfully operated an emergency[...]
Nov
15
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ethics on Tap @ An Beal Bocht | New York | United States
Free-ranging casual discussion of ethical issues that are alive for you, and an opportunity to meet and interact with others interested in ethical issues.  Join us and, if you like, have something to drink and/or[...]

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