Brooklyn News Corp: Masbia Soup Kitchen Network Receives $5,000 MassMutual GrantPosted on: July 17, 2014
Masbia, a network of soup kitchen and food pantries that provide kosher meals to New Yorkers in need, has received $5,000 grant from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) as part of MassMutual’s national Community Service Award (CSA) program. Masbia is one of only sixteen organizations nationally to receive an award. MassMutual made the grant on behalf of the volunteer efforts of Menashe Silber, a MassMutual agent with MassMutual in Brooklyn.
“MassMutual’s Community Service Awards program aims to encourage and recognize those financial professionals who are active members of their community,” said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility, MassMutual. “Menashe’s volunteer work reflects MassMutual’s steadfast commitment to supporting organizations in the communities where our financial professionals live and work.”
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. Alongside this everyday hot-meal program, Mabsia also provides pantry bags of much needed groceries every week to those with not enough at home.
“The support of MassMutual comes at a time when our program continues to grow,” stated Alexander Rapaport, Masbia’s Executive Director. “This year alone we anticipate providing nearly 1.5 million meals through our dinner service and weekly pantry program. We are honored to include MassMutual as part of our inaugural Masbia Community Partners Program and look forward to future partnership opportunities.”
Menashe has been with MassMutual Brooklyn for almost two years. He has been committed to Masbia since 2009 and has dedicated countless hours of time and talent to help the organization grow and flourish.
“I am very pleased that my dedication to Masbia has been recognized by MassMutual,” said Menashe. “This grant will provide much needed funding to continue supporting our community through providing hundreds of hot meals each day to hungry men, women and children throughout New York City.”
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