There are different ways of doing a bake sale depending on what one wants to emphasize. Masbia recommends combining both a baking component and a virtual component, regardless of how one goes about doing it. One can choose to go heavy on the baking side and create a big event with tons of baked goods for sale and invite as many people to the event to buy the goods. One can choose to do all the baking oneself, or one can create a "potluck" style bake sale where one invites friends and family to each bake something to sell at the event. Alongside that one can set up an online page, which one can promote leading up to the sale and use as one's collection site during the actual sale (See an example of such a bake sale here).
Or, instead one can decide to use the 'bake sale' as a more symbolic way of launching an online fundraiser. For this option, one can choose to bake a symbolic amount of baked goods to sell at a parent's workplace or at a local park like a lemonade sale, and focus instead on the online fundraiser side of it, avoiding the challenge of getting people to show up to an event.
The following are examples of past bake sales:
- Gabi Spira's Bat Mitzvah: Custom Bat Mitzvah Event and Donate Page
- Abby Hofstetter's Bat Mitzvah on CrowdRise
Bake Sale Webtools
Perfect Potluck: A site for signing up and coordinating who is bringing what food.
CrowdRise: A fundraising platform where you can launch your campaign and raise money for your celebration.
Evite: Create online invitations to your event
More Charity Options:
Best practices for DIY Ingredient Packages:
The perfect hands on group or event based giving where someone is looking to have a fun activity and donate product, are DIY Ingredient Packages. It does not mean that packages need to have precisely measured out ingredients for the recipe. They are packages that include unopened grocery ingredients, themed around a recipe while keeping in mind that recipients might have other uses for the ingredients. The DIY packages are just a fun way to present a group of ingredients that can be used to make a recipe.
One can decide on any recipe they wish to create the packages around, as long as the recipe mainly requires shelf stable ingredients. The packages should only include shelf stable ingredients in its original packaging and the packages should contain enough of each ingredient to make the recipe. Try to include a printed recipe with the packages. For example, if you are putting together a challah package make sure it has enough flour for the shiur challah (5 lbs of flour as per OU Kosher). All ingredients must have a kosher certification symbol. An average DIY package should be worth $8 - $15 per package. Sometimes if the occasion is right, it could work even with $3 (see what Ramaz Highschool did for the high holidays).
In order for Masbia to include these packages in a distribution, we would need at least 200, and preferably 1,000 of these units. Anything less than 200 will make it very hard to distribute in an equitable way where people don't feel like the person next to them got something they wanted and we ran out of it.
Due to the quantity of packages needed, there are many things to consider before deciding to go ahead with this. Packages should not include products in glass; the bags should be very sturdy; the packages need to be stackable (you can put them in boxes, but that is an added element); you need to be able to deliver the packages yourself to a Masbia facility.
In order to mitigate these problems, we also offer an easier and more economical way of doing such a food drive. You can buy the ingredients in bulk and have them delivered to Masbia, and come with your group to assemble them in Masbia. Or, you can donate the money to Masbia and receive a tax deductible receipt and we will purchase the ingredients for you. We will then arrange for an assembling day.
Recipe Example for DIY Ingredient Packages:
Challah: If you are following The New York Times recipe, we would suggest to omit the eggs. Your DIY Ingredient Package will contain: 5lb. pack of flour, 1 pack of sugar, 1 pack of salt, 1 bottle of oil (plastic), 1 pack of dry yeast, 1 pack of sesame/poppy seeds.
Hamentashen: If you are following Joy of Kosher's recipe, we would suggest to omit the eggs and margarine. If you want to include the orange, make sure it is shelf stable. Your DIY Ingredient Package will contain: 1 pack of flour, 1 pack of sugar, 1 bottle of vanilla (plastic), 1 pack of baking powder, 1 pack of salt
More Event Options:
When most people think of a food drive, they picture a group collecting cans that will be donated to a soup kitchen. A more robust variation on the typical food drive is a wholesale version where you would reach out to vendors and request that they donate on your behalf in honor of your Bat/Bar Mitzvah. Chances for success will depend on the time one invests in sending out multiple requests. Invite your friends to help address envelopes, and adding a handwritten personal touch (Remember: the more personal the letter, the more likely your success). You can mail a hard-copy letter or email the company. See sample letters below. These are examples that are meant to be a guide that can be edited to fit your needs. (Underlined words need to be filled in). The process of writing a letter can be both educational and fun for the young adult. The advantages of doing a wholesale food drive are that you will receive a lot of the same item from the corporate donors who respond to you, which is best for Masbia. The other advantage is that you can run the drive entirely from your own home, you can send direct mail or emails, and even call the companies all from your kitchen table. The downside is that you need to send out to a large number of vendors until you get a response, and success is not guaranteed. We suggest creating a letter writing day where you will invite friends, relatives, and classmates to email, call, and write letters all at once in a fun environment.
One way to go about contacting a company is to make your choice of vendors personal. Think of foods you eat on a regular basis and start the campaign by writing to companies you often buy from. When writing your letters, you can let the vendors know that you are a regular customer which may entice them to donate their goods on your behalf. You can choose to contact both national companies and/or local vendors such as your neighborhood supermarket. Below you will find a link for an Excel file with a list of kosher vendors (You can use it to create a "mail merge" with your personal letter to print multiples of your letter. Some vendor information may be out of date). You can choose from the list or add your own but remember to make sure to let them know you are only looking for Kosher food. We suggest you to use personal connections first when selecting a vendor.
You can choose to have the vendor deliver all the donated product to your place and you can then deliver it to Masbia, or have them deliver it directly to Masbia. For an exact address and to arrange for delivery times please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org This information is not necessary to include in your vendor letter, arrangements can be made once a vendor expresses interest in donating.
Companies that donated food to Masbia: A&B Famous, Aaron's, Abeles & Heymann, Dagim, Empire Kosher, Gefen, Gourmet Glatt, Grow & Behold, Natural and Kosher, Norman's Dairy, Pomegranate, Sabra, Satmar Butcher, Shor Habor, Strauss Bakery, The Chef's Garden
A single item food drive can mean many things. The first option, and the one that would work best for Masbia, is to collect one brand and only the same sized cans of that brand. The staff and volunteers preparing the food pantry at Masbia would be extremely grateful for that but we understand that it is not very feasible. Therefore, a more realistic option is to collect one single food item of various can sizes. For example, you can call it a "Canned Tuna Drive." But you can also choose to broaden your drive to include all kinds of fish ("Canned Fish Drive") which could include canned tuna, salmon, sardines, etc. of all sizes. The least specific "single item" food drive would be to collect items from a specific food group. For example, you can have a "Protein Food Drive," which would include all types of shelf stable proteins such as fish, beans (canned or dry), and peanut butter (see flyer used for a Bat Mitzvah girl who did a Protein Food Drive). We leave it up to you to try your best in keeping the drive to a minimal variety so we do not end up with small quantities of many different items, making it hard to distribute equitably to our clients.
It is important to decide how and where you want to conduct your food drive. Try to think about where you will get the widest reach, such as your class at school, synagogue, etc. You should begin by creating a flier with all the details of the food drive (you can see an example of a flier here). If you choose to do at school, the flier can be distributed in class for kids to take home. You may want to consider timing your food drive to coincide with an existing event, either at school or at your synagogue, or with a holiday. For instance, if your school or synagogue has a BBQ or other such gathering already planned, see if you can tag along your food drive to the event. Or if you can make your food drive work around a holiday, such as in the leadup to Passover or Purim, consider doing it that way. Before Passover you might be able to a chametz drive? Or around Purim, create a food drive around Mishloach Manot by asking people to create extra mishloach manot.
The following are helpful links and photos to assist you in putting together ideas for your own single item food drive.
In the lead up to a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, young Jews like to include a charity component in their celebration. No one likes a boiler plate, cookie cutter idea, but the following is an outline of options and tools that can be helpful when trying to organize a charity component to your Bat or Bar Mitzvah.
Volunteering sounds like a perfect option for someone transitioning into adulthood. The fact of the matter is that, in the hustle and bustle of a kitchen, an 11 or 12 year old is not particularly helpful. Masbia's general rule is that you need to be at least 14 years old to come and volunteer. However, if you would like to volunteer, Masbia will make special accommodations for Bat and Bar Mitzvah youth who come to volunteer together with an adult. When signing up to volunteer, remember to mention your Bat or Bar Mitzvah so our volunteer coordinator will know to accommodate. Click here to sign up.
While cash is the most expedient and efficient way for Masbia to help feed the needy, we understand that some kids and young adults might find a food drive a little more hands on. The truth is that food drives are usually very inefficient. The randomness in the food items that get collected and the logistics of boxing it and schlepping it, often becomes a logistical nightmare. And to make matters worse, Masbia staff is then left to figure out how to distribute the collection of foods in an equitable way to clients, which is very tricky. To minimize these problems and to make your food drive more effective, we have a few suggestions about how to go about it:
1. Single Item Food Drive: Limit the number of food items you collect to one or two items, such as canned salmon or tuna. That way you will end up with a large number of the same item which makes it much easier for a soup kitchen to distribute equitably among clients. Need help in making a flier, or publicizing your food drive? Click here.
2. Wholesale Food Drive (By the Case): Write your favorite Kosher food vendors and let them know you are collecting food by the case to feed the needy at Masbia in honor of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and ask them to make a donation. You can also try your local supermarkets. Click here to see examples of a letter you can write and other tools.
3. DIY Ingredient Packages: Choose a food you particularly like, or if your Bat or Bar Mitzvah falls close to a Jewish holiday, choose a traditional holiday food, and procure the ingredients to make that dish (challah, kugel, babka, hamentaschen, etc.). Remember, stick to recipes that call for mostly shelf-stable ingredients, such as flour, sugar, salt, oil, jam, peanut butter, etc. Then create individual bags with those ingredients which can be distributed to clients. Click here for more information about this option.
Bake Sales - MASBIA'S CHOICE:
Bake Sales are the Masbia's choice for a young adult friendly, effective charity activity. A typical bake sale would have a hands-on baking component, where the child and parents could bake and sell their baked goods on a given date. But it should also have a virtual component, where you set up a page where people can donate. See options and tools for a successful bake sale here.
Cash Gift Options:
The most optimal type of charity for us is a check or online donation. We appreciate all types of contributions, whether it be through volunteering or fundraisers, but a direct donation is the most simplest and effective donation. With our purchasing power we are able to buy goods for wholesale price and tax free, making your dollar go further than if you were to collect food yourself. We understand that giving a check is not as fun and does not provide a hands on experience as the above options. However, we have created ways where you can display your Masbia donation during your Bar/Bat Mitzvah to show your friends and family your charitable contribution in honor of your celebration.
1. In Lieu of Gifts: This option is suitable for you if you are not interested in receiving gifts for your celebration and would rather your family and friends donate to charity in honor of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. There are four different 0options of how to inform your guests of donating in lieu of gifts. Click here to learn more about the options and example text. Website, card, line in invitation, poster that states all checks be made to Masbia. Can potentially have a poster of total amount raised.
2. Escort/Seating cards: Buy Masbia seating cards for your event that will include a short message indicating that a donation was made with the purchase of these cards. Click here to see pricing options.
3. Meal Sponsorship Certificate Cards: Proudly display a decorated card at every seat at your party/event which will state that you have donated a meal to Masbia in honor of each guest. Each card will represent a donation of one meal at Masbia. We also offer a centerpiece card option that will display your donation in the center of the table on behalf of each guest seated at the table. Click here to view sample certificate cards.
4. Sponsorship Banner: Largely display your contribution of a minimum of $1,000 to Masbia in honor of celebration. We require that we are given a 10 day notice before the event for creating the banner. The plaque can be personalized with a blessing or with your own message. Click here for donation options and template text for the plaque.
Host You Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Masbia: Help rid the taboo and stigma of a soup kitchen by having the young adult dine with the poor and hungry. Dinning with Masbia guests is an amazing, grounding experience for the young adult because they are able to see the reality of a soup kitchen while simultaneously breaking barriers around the stigma of visitors of soup kitchens. You have the option of having friends and family come volunteer in the morning and early afternoon before your celebration during the meal service. For more details about how to host your Bar/Bat Mitzvah at Masbia, click here.
It is a long standing Jewish tradition to share a celebration with those is need. Masbia offers many ways to share a personal occasion such as a Wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, or Shiva with the hungry at Masbia. You can choose to host an event at Masbia, or donate on behalf of your guests, or offer your guests a "In Lieu of Gift" option to donate themselves. Masbia is happy to accomodate individual needs and ideas for your personal occasion. Please contact email@example.com to inquire.
"In Lieu of Gifts"
Thank you for sharing this joyous occasion with us.
In keeping with a longstanding Jewish tradition, we decided to share our moment of joy with those less fortunate, by sponsoring ____ number of meals (at $6 a meal) at Masbia soup kitchen in honor of our celebration. Together with you and all our guests we hope to raise that number and make a difference in the lives of many hungry people. We are requesting that, instead of giving us a gift, you consider sponsoring meals at Masbia by filling out the inside panel.
Masbia (“satiate” in Hebrew), a non-profit soup kitchen network, provides nourishing meals to hungry men, women and children with dignity and respect. To follow the progress, go to www.masbia.org
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Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, everyday providing hot, nutritious meals for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food. Alongside our hot-meal program, we also give out bags of much needed groceries every week to those with not enough at home, through our weekend take-home package program. Masbia works to not only feed the hungry, but to provide free, wholesome, and delicious meals for people in a restaurant-style environment, with volunteer waiters serving each person with respect and dignity.