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

Dec
15
Sun
11:00 am More Sheer Amazement
More Sheer Amazement
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am
More Sheer Amazement @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Mark Belletini writes: “I have not lost the power to be amazed by the glory of the day. There is more delight, I hear, more awe, more sheer amazement under the dome of night’s heaven[...]
Dec
22
Sun
11:00 am Winter Festival 2019!
Winter Festival 2019!
Dec 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Winter Festival 2019! @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
Join us for winter songs, a story about festivals around the world, a few holiday-themed crafts and activities, and a potluck lunch!  Most cultures and religions celebrate some kind of “festival of lights” at this[...]
Dec
29
Sun
11:00 am No Sunday Platform Meeting Decem...
No Sunday Platform Meeting Decem...
Dec 29 @ 11:00 am
No Sunday Platform Meeting December 29, 2019 @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
No platform meeting at RYSEC December 29, 2019.  The office will be closed, and staff is on vacation.  Consider spending time with friends or family instead, doing some volunteer work, reading a book, or some[...]
Jan
5
Sun
11:00 am The Practice of Integrity
The Practice of Integrity
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am
The Practice of Integrity @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Integrity is bringing into alignment our values, our words, and our actions.  Integrity is also about bringing together our uniqueness and our wholeness as individuals.   Our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on ways we[...]
Jan
12
Sun
11:00 am Creating a Bully-Free Culture
Creating a Bully-Free Culture
Jan 12 @ 11:00 am
Creating a Bully-Free Culture @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Research shows that bullying can have severe and lasting consequences; emotional, mental, and academic. In extreme cases, bullying is often a factor in school shootings and youth suicides. Sadly, statistics show that bullying is on[...]

Learning & Community

Dec
19
Thu
7:00 pm Ethics on Tap
Ethics on Tap
Dec 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[...]
Jan
12
Sun
3:00 pm Coffee House @Ethical: People’s ...
Coffee House @Ethical: People’s ...
Jan 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Coffee House @Ethical: People's Music Network with Ben Grosscup & Joshua Garcia @ Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture | New York | United States
The Coffee House @Ethical brings you joy, courage, and wisdom through music the second Sunday of every month. NO COVER CHARGE. We will take a collection for free will donations to cover our costs, with[...]

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