Tisha B'Av is almost over and in a few short hours, we'll go back to our normal food routine. But for some people, there is no normal food routine. While we were traditionally doing without meat and chicken for the last few days, for the families who pick up emergency food packages at Masbia, proteins are the most sought after food items. From when we opened we knew the biggest challenge for people in need is to get sufficient kosher protein and therefore we started as a dinner program. As we expanded into raw food distribution, the most sought after item is chicken. That's why we distribute over half a million dollars worth of chicken a year.
Naftali and Remi Engel, the founders of The Rebbe's Choice company, have been generously donating their high-end, delicious herring for Masbia's Shabbos Kiddush every week. They recently added a new item to their line of products: a delicious, homemade style cracker, known in Yiddish as kichel (after all, how can you eat herring without kichel). Those who follow their line know that each of their unique products is inspired by the teachings of a particular Hasidic Rebbe. Their new kichel is inspired by the legendary Reb Shayele of Kerestir, renowned for feeding the needy. Check out their home page for their complete line of products.
Share Shabbat by Sharing Shlissel Challah - Sponsor Challah Ingredient Kits at Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
Our best response to hate and darkness is kindness and mitzvos. So let's show solidarity and Jewish pride this Shabbos. The first Shabbos after Passover is known for the shlissel challah, which is an old custom (with many explanations) to shape a challah into the form of a key, or to braid it on top of the challah, or even to stick a real key inside a challah. But this year, let's take it a step further and make it Sharing Shlissel Challah Shabbos by providing families in need with the opportunity to make their own shlissel challah.
The other night I received anonymous photos of someone cooking chicken wings. The photos actually made me feel very good. As you have been reading in previous emails, cash flow at our organization has seen better days. And the credit with our vendors is overextended. Two weeks ago, we actually did not distribute any chicken during the raw food distributions.
At Masbia we try to use the media to spread awareness to the issues facing the needy and Masbia's accomplishments. We hope this list makes you proud.
Challah is a very basic food staple in a Jewish household. Therefore, making sure people have the ability to put challah on the table is something that is very important to us at Masbia. This is why it's included as part of the basic staples that are distributed to the needy. Challah also poses a dilemma. What type of challah should be offered? Being that it is so popular also means that there are various takes on it, or what happens to someone who does not need challah?
After months of collaborating with KJ Poultry to find an eco-friendly, cost-effective package for chicken, clients at the Masbia food pantry will be receiving this new poly-pouch. See photo. Chicken is one of the most sought-after items at the Masbia pantry distributions. "There isn't a single food item that makes our clients as happy as when they receive chicken," said Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network.
See news clips and articles on Masbia staff and volunteers feeding the needy for Rosh Hashanah for over a decade. The news stories and videos are listed in chronological order.
All of the High Holidays are jam-packed in the month of September, leaving only 7 full work days. Typically, people who are in the gig economy are more prone than people with salary based jobs in needing to use Masbia. For example, when one has a gap in demand for their work or doesn't feel well and can't work. This September, the Hebrew calendar has the potential to push all of them into such a situation, causing Masbia to be in high demand.