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.
A butcher-wrapped pack of chicken legs in foam trays or chicken legs shoved into sealed polybags - which would you give to a needy family? It will be produced in the same plant. It will be the same amount (4 lbs.) in each pack. Same Kosher certification. Same brand. Everything inside is the same, except the presentation. The only difference is that a pack of the butcher-wrapped costs just under $9 and the polybagged costs a bit more than $7. In other words, butcher-packed for $2.25 per pound (wholesale) versus polybagged for $1.83 per pound (wholesale).