Supplementing the relief provided by the U.S. Army, UNRRA, and the International Refugee Organization (UNRRA’s successor agency), in the DP camps, JDC distributed supplies that nourished both body and soul: food, medicine, clothing, tools, equipment, and educational, cultural, and religious materials including books, Torah scrolls, ritual articles, and holiday provisions.
In addition to the matza baked by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Bavaria and shipped to Berlin for distribution to German Jews and Jewish displaced-persons (DPs) in the Berlin DP Camps, the JDC supplied Orthodox Jewish groups with shmurah flour for the baking of shmurah matza.
As early as 1918, JDC provided matza to Jewish soldiers in the Polish Army. Soon, providing free Passover food, matza flour, and matza became a JDC mainstay for Jews in need in places as far-flung as Iran, Cuba and Ethiopia. Today JDC supports a Passover program in Berlin for children ages 2-6, public seders in Bulgaria, matza distribution for the needy in the Former Soviet Union and other Passover celebrations across the globe.