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Milwaukee rabbi, his family deliver food to senior citizens fearful of leaving home during pandemic

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee rabbi and his family are stepping up by delivering food to senior citizens who are fearful of leaving their homes during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The couple has run the only food pantry on Milwaukee's east side for 25 years, and now with the pandemic, they decided to start delivering food right to the doorsteps of senior citizens. 

Rabbi Alexander Milchtein, his wife Ester, and their kids, get food from Feeding American to distribute and a GoFundMe for the cause they started has more than $8,500. 

The couple's vehicle was totaled recently after they were hit head on by an uninsured driver, so they currently don't have a vehicle. 

The family delivers food by bicycles, walking the food with strollers and renting Zipcars. 

Ester says they have had a great response from the seniors they are helping. 

"We received a call from the wife of an 89–year-old man, who said that for dozens of years he worked for the Soviet Union in the Ukraine and no one cared. Now, a little boy comes and brings him food every few days and he cried. I think that is a powerful statement of humanity of how important it is," Ester Milchtein said.

If you would like to help them out, you are encouraged to donate to Feeding America. They also have a GoFundMe page you can donate to as well.

They are asking anyone who may have a vehicle to donate, they would really appreciate it. 



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