Shop­pers look for

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

KOSHER SHOP­PERS in Gold­ers Green spoke this week of their ef­forts to cut the cost of their Pe­sach bill.

One said that although she had not found her Pe­sach shop sig­nif­i­cantly more ex­pen­sive, that was “be­cause I’ve done my shop­ping at the Kosher Out­let [a dis­count warehouse] be­cause things there are gen­er­ally cheaper.

“It’s not some­where I reg­u­larly shop at. But for Pe­sach I find it worth­while be­cause it’s a huge amount to shop for.”

An­other woman said she had spent less this year. But that was down to buy­ing less. “I don’t know that we need to buy all the lux­u­ries for just one week. I think we need to be more canny.”

She ad­vo­cated a “back to ba­sics” ap­proach. “In­stead of be­ing lazy, we have to start cook­ing a bit more from scratch.

“We don’t need to buy ready-made; we can buy like our grand­moth­ers did.”

At The Fed wel­fare char­ity in Manch­ester, a spokesper­son said de­mand for its help al­ways rose at Pe­sach.

“We have in­creased the num­ber of res­i­den­tial respite beds avail­able in our Heath­lands Vil­lage and hold a pop­u­lar com­mu­nal Seder for those who are vul­ner­a­ble, lonely or would strug­gle to af­ford their own. “We sup­ply ex­tra vol­un­teers to those in need in the run up to Pe­sach to as­sist with var­i­ous as­pects of pre­par­ing for the fes­ti­val — and to make sure those who re­quire it have the ne­c­es­sary sup­port dur­ing what is tra­di­tion­ally a fam­ily time.”

A spokesper­son for the Gift food char­ity — which op­er­ates in Lon­don and Manch­ester and aids around 2,000 people weekly — said it had ex­pe­ri­enced a five per cent in­crease in the num­ber of fam­i­lies it sup­ports over the past year.

“That will have been for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons to do with fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances but also ill­ness, be­reave­ment and fam­ily break­down. “In those sit­u­a­tions, in­creases in food prices gen­er­ally, and in kosher food prices in par­tic­u­lar, will in­evitably place fam­i­lies un­der more stress, not least with Pe­sach com­ing up.

“That’s why we con­tinue to ap­peal to the community to do­nate items to our Gift boxes when they are shop­ping and why we have a spe­cial food col­lec­tion drive be­fore Pe­sach.”

But one shop­per, Sharon Ben­hur, be­lieved prices were higher else­where. “We’re mak­ing Pe­sach in Is­rael and some of the stuff is even more ex­pen­sive there,” she said.

Char­i­ties such as Gift are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creased de­mand

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