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 this saying 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 (over 9,000) frequent Masbia distributions randomly based on their family's needs. Some (1,500 families) come weekly, others come bi-weekly, and still 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 300% increase in clients showing up (4,500 families) for the distribution right before Passover and since we are closed the following week, we make sure to give out enough food to last a long time.
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.
Twenty thousand Passovers need you. Join the drive by donating here.
The goal of the 2019 Charoset Drive is to raise $486,000. A donation of $108 will cover the cost of one large Kosher-for-Passover package for one family (108 x 4,500 = 486,000).
In addition, this year will be the third year Masbia of Boro Park will hold Kosher-for-Passover holiday meals for the eight days, including the Seders. We need your help with this, as well. For sponsorship opportunities for the Seder meals and the rest of Passover, click here.
While the overwhelming majority of the Charoset Drive is about providing families with resources to make Passover at their home, some are either too frail to cook or don't even have a home to take to food to. For them, Masbia of Boro Park provides freshly cooked Passover meals during the holiday, including the Seder, and we need your help with the increased cost of holiday staffing, holiday foods, and turning over the kitchen for Passover.
Need Passover Food?
If you are in need of food for Passover and live in proximity of one of our sites, please click here for information on how to receive food from the Charoset Drive. If you would like to attend a Seder or any of the Passover meals held at Masbia of Boro Park, please follow the reservation procedures used for reserving for Shabbos. Find that information here.
Masbia Passover distributions in the News Since 2013:
Last year in 2018 Masbia Passover Seder was featured on CBS NY, Pix 11, NDT TV, and a broader discussion on the entire the Charoset Drive with Alexander Rapaport on 112BK Show on BRIC TV. In 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.
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.