Letter: Food establishments

Dear TLS,

We are all hurting here. And with Pesach upon us, no sign of the public restrictions that preclude normal business letting up, and quite a while before we seemingly expect to get the the finish, line I am amazed at all the chesed our community and community advocates are doing. How quickly services are mobilized, how dedicated all the volunteer squads are. In this moment klal yisroel is shining all be it in very many separate and disparate places.

With the vast uncertainty before us, and many businesses teetering under the strain, our grocery stores remain strong and solid. While they may not be having the same high season as usual due to people cutting down on non-essentials, they are assured, the klal will need food as long as there is a klal. However, the klal’s ability to withstand this situation, and concurrently, the ability to pay for it, is challenged. We are told that at least a portion of these restrictions will be in place until the end of April. I am sure I am not alone in wondering how I will be able to pay even for my stripped down (after the normally stripped down) grocery list for the week.

I would like to ask if perhaps our food establishments could review their standard practice and perhaps go a little thinner on their margins for the time being as well. Yes it’s a sacrifice to even keep your doors open to the public in this time. It is a sacrifice like that of a korban shelamim for which the owner derives benefit as well.

Perhaps by recognizing the suffering of each of those customers coming in now to buy food and giving a little relief to a weary public, they will partly merit the zechus of a korban olah as well- an offering that is entirely for Hashem.


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  1. Food establishments are doing the biggest chessed just by staying open for us. They have higher overhead and need to pay more for staffing so this is a very difficult request but I’m sure they are not raising prices. May HaShem send us all a shefa of parnassah and gezunt and May we be zoche to the geula bekarov.

  2. This is a very unfair letter. The groceries in town are working harder than ever and have a ton of extra expenses in terms of labor, masks, gloves and disinfecting the store constantly. In addition the suppliers have had to raise their prices to cover those same costs.

    Do you realize that it is quite possible that they are making a lot less than usual and maybe losing money?

  3. Its not an unfair letter. A person can ask nicely, which she did. No demands and no accusations. Just a nice request. If the answer is no, so be it. She is just trying to manage to pay for what she needs to feed her family without asking for charity and handouts!

  4. You do realize that its not nice to criticize people who are literally putting themselves in harms way and risking a lot to make sure you have yontiff bshefa. This letter is essentially saying that they should forgo making money since they have enough already. Its also insinuating that the stores are unnecessarily overcharging.

    Really its not nice of TLS to have published this request. The challenge of the letter writer I can understand.

  5. Not saying if this letter was right or wrong. I’m just putting this out there.. the amount of chesed organzations stepping up to the plate to help people get thru yom tov is amazing.
    If you can afford the groceries, get in touch with Tomchei shabbos. There is also pesach in a box which can give you extremely affordable meals for yom tov. There is cheap suppers available as well. And as always if you are in dire need, contact your rov so you can be included in certain kimcha dpischa campaigns.

  6. What about the thousands of families that were supposed to go on vacation for Pesach and the people that were supposed to go to Brooklyn, etc. and now everyone is staying put.

    Probably a major boost for the supermarkets!!

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