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

Feb
23
Sun
11:00 am Gender Equity Needed Now More Th...
Gender Equity Needed Now More Th...
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am
Gender Equity Needed Now More Than Ever @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Bruce Knotts In this country and in many others, women and the feminine in general are relegated to inferior status, inferior in pay, in responsibility, and in all aspects of life.  We pay a heavy[...]
Mar
1
Sun
11:00 am 2020 Vision: Wisdom from 100 Yea...
2020 Vision: Wisdom from 100 Yea...
Mar 1 @ 11:00 am
2020 Vision: Wisdom from 100 Years of Woman Suffrage @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, removing sex as a reason to deny someone the right to vote.  (Many women were still unable to vote, due to[...]
Mar
8
Sun
11:00 am Sunday Platform
Sunday Platform
Mar 8 @ 11:00 am
Sunday Platform @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Please check back soon for this week’s topic. Each week, we meet at 11 am – 12:30 pm (plus time for socializing) to consider major issues of the day. 11 a.m. is gathering time, to[...]
Mar
15
Sun
11:00 am Wising Up in the 21st Century
Wising Up in the 21st Century
Mar 15 @ 11:00 am
Wising Up in the 21st Century @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
In an age where facts and factoids are easy to find, where we can find mounds of data, and information is available at the click of a keyboard, have we lost touch with wisdom?  How[...]

Learning & Community

Feb
20
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Feb 20 @ 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[...]
Feb
27
Thu
7:00 pm Anti-Racism Book Discussion: Lea...
Anti-Racism Book Discussion: Lea...
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Anti-Racism Book Discussion: Learning from the Germans @ Meeting House
A group including members from several different congregations and secular organizations has been meeting most months to discuss books that educate and motivate us in anti-racist work. For February, we’ll be reading and discussing Learning[...]
Mar
8
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical presents D...
Coffee House @Ethical presents D...
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Coffee House @Ethical presents Diana Jones: Song To a Refugee @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Diana Jones will play songs off her new record, Song To a Refugee. There will also be an opportunity to learn about organizations helping refugees in our area. $20 tickets w/ free coffee and refreshments[...]
Mar
19
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Mar 19 @ 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[...]

Issues & Service

Feb
27
Thu
7:00 pm Anti-Racism Book Discussion: Lea...
Anti-Racism Book Discussion: Lea...
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Anti-Racism Book Discussion: Learning from the Germans @ Meeting House
A group including members from several different congregations and secular organizations has been meeting most months to discuss books that educate and motivate us in anti-racist work. For February, we’ll be reading and discussing Learning[...]

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