We start the Haggadah with, "Everyone in need should come and eat." At Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, we are able to say this all year round due to the help from supporters who are inspired by what it teaches us.

In addition to what we do year round, you are invited to join the Charoset Drive to enable Masbia to address the increased need during this Passover season. In a time when children are not getting their breakfast and lunch in school and with the addition of holiday expenses, more families find themselves struggling to put food on the table. With your donation to the Charoset Drive, Masbia will make sure that they have basic Seder staples and more to feed their family during the holiday.

We rely on your strong support to make all of this happen. Please donate generously. Click here.

During the year, families frequent Masbia distributions randomly based on their family needs. Some come bi-weekly, others come once a month, but very few skip the last distribution before Passover. In addition to that, a lot of first-time families, who find themselves in a bind, end up coming. We anticipate a 250% increase in clients coming for Passover and since we are closed the following week, we make sure that we give out enough food to last a long time. This year will be the second year we hold Kosher for Passover holiday meals for the eight days at Masbia, including the Seders.

On the Seder Plate, the charoset is used to sweeten the bitter herb. With your help, Masbia will try to sweeten the holiday for so many needy men, women and children. Charoset is not only a metaphor here. The emergency food packages will include ingredients to make charoset in addition to many other essential foods.

Join the drive by donating here.

Masbia Passover distributions in the news since 2013:

Last year 2017, the Masbia Seder was featured on CBS2, Fox5, JBS News, written up in the Jewish Week, and more. In 2016, NY1 reported live all day from the Masbia kitchen in Flatbush. The Charoset Drive sweepstakes were reported in NY Blueprint and Joy of Kosher. In 2015, JBS News reported on Passover at Masbia. Masbia was also featured in The Queens Ledger, Kveller, and JP Updates. In 2014, News 12 featured volunteers preparing for the Charoset Drive. The Jewish Press wrote about OU sponsoring Passover Food. Masbia was also in the Jewish Daily Forward, JP Updates, and more. In 2013, Cindy Hsu from CBS NY reported live from the Charoset Drive.

About Charoset:

Charoset, (Hebrew: חרוסת [haroset]) is a sweet paste made of fruits, nuts and grape juice (or sweet wine) eaten at the Passover Seder. According to Jewish tradition, its color and texture are meant to recall the mud which the Israelites used to make bricks when they were enslaved in Egypt.

But, lucky for us, charoset is sweet and we eat it during the Seder to counteract the taste of the bitter herbs. Sponsor the sweet ingredients needed to prepare charoset, along with fresh and nutritious Kosher for Passover staples to help ease the bitterness of those in need. With your help, so many people will be able to celebrate Passover without being enslaved by hunger.