July 28, 2014
By Jacob Kornbluh
Masbia Kitchen continues to surprise with its serving the needy. On Monday, on the beginning of the “Nine Days,” a time of mourning in the Jewish community, NYC’s only Kosher open-for-all soup-kitchen network, announced it will remain open to serve 500 dinners every day despite the restriction of serving meat and poultry. Instead, the menu will consist of a variety of fish dishes.
Masbia’s Executive Director Alexander Rapaport said it was made possible thanks to the generosity of Dagim (Fish) Market, who donated and hand delivered 3,000 portions of fish.
“This year’s donation comes in a time of great need,” Rapaport said in a statement. “Our network of restaurants-style soup kitchens and food pantries have already surpassed last year’s number of meals provided, and we have many months to go. The continued availability of kosher fish through Dagim and Food Bank will also help us stretch our dollar and diversify our meals served.”
Abe Stefansky, co-owner of Dagim, commented, “For the past 5 years we have been honored to provide Masbia’s network of soup kitchens tilapia, pollock and other fish products to serve during the 9 Days. This year also marks the first time that Masbia can continue to order our kosher products through our new partnership with Food Bank For New York City.”
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