June 30, 2014 By Petra Halbur There’s a soup kitchen network in New York City founded on the principle that fresh, healthy food served with dignity is a right, not a luxury.At Masbia, a kosher soup kitchen with three locations across New York City, volunteers serve hot, nutritious meals to those in need in a restaurant-styled environment. masbia
April 30, 2014 By Hody Nemes Buried deep in the Farm Bill are provisions to increase the amount of kosher and halal food the government sends to soup kitchens and food banks. But three months after the bill’s passage, kosher and halal-friendly food agencies are still waiting see whether the USDA’s new program will be effective.
April 27, 2014By Beats for Change Welcome good people to Beats for Change show 25 with a social dedication to the “Masbia Soup Kitchen” out of NYC. Also Lu-Chi’sz all the way from Holland drops a soulful guest mix.
April 27, 2014By Leah Koenig Since 2005, Masbia – a soup kitchen in Brooklyn – has been providing hot, nutritious, kosher meals for Jewish families in need and the broader community. In the last year alone, they provide d more than 800,000 meals, engaging hundreds of regular and one-time volunteers along the way. Recently, Masbia got some much deserved love from NationSwell. They write: “Dignified surroundings, and healthy, comforting meals, raise Masbia above the standard, a welcome reminder that seeking help with food doesn’t have to be a gloomy affair.” Check out their video, and meet their awesome chef, below, then read the whole article over at Nation Swell.
April 10, 2014 By Dana Arschin
April 9, 2014 By Jacob Kornbluh Preparations to help the many families in need put food on their sedar table on Passover – the Feast of Unleavened Bread – took a rapid turn as the holiday approaches, with Masbia Soup Kitchen Network packaging 2,500 packages for distribution at three citywide locations.
April 8, 2014 Councilman David G. Greenfield hosted NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito yesterday in his Borough Park office for a meeting with community leaders to discuss pressing issues of concern to Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. Greenfield first introduced the Speaker to nearly 100 community, not-for-profit and yeshiva leaders at a community forum followed by a trip to Masbia Soup Kitchen to help Masbia prepare food packages for those in need for Passover. The community leaders hailed from across Brooklyn including representatives from Boro Park, Midwood, Crown Heights and Williamsburg. During the community forum, Speaker Mark-Viverito learned firsthand about the challenges residents in Boro Park face, from the high cost of tuition and the need for childcare to the struggles small business owners face to challenges that parents of special-needs children have.
April 7, 2014 By Jacob Kornbluh Today, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito joined the train of elected officials riding to Masbia Kitchen ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover to volunteer in their widely reported ‘Charoset Drive.’ The speaker was joined by Council member David Greenfield, MET Council head David Frankel and Alex Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network.
April 6, 2014 By Yossi Gestetner The economy seems to be in such a bad shape four and a half years into the recovery, that a slight adjustment in Food Stamps for a limited number of New Yorkers, seems to have put a strain on the Kosher Soup Kitchen Masbia. Reports the Forward: Masbia, the most robust kosher food pantry and soup kitchen network in New York, is at the forefront of filling hungry bellies — both Jewish and non-Jewish — but not without its own struggles.
The Jewish Daily Forward: Kosher Soup Kitchen Struggles With Rising Ranks of Hungry as Passover Nears
April 5, 2014 By Rachael Levy Cuts in Food Stamps Mean Bigger Crowds for MasbiaOn a recent chilly afternoon in Queens, two women shivered in a line of about 50 people that trailed out the door of Masbia, a kosher food pantry and soup kitchen.The first woman, from Manhattan, wore baggy pants. The other, from Queens, was clad in a long, draping skirt.Their outfits signaled differences in how they interpreted proper Jewish dress for religious women, but both were there for the same reason: They needed kosher groceries, which are more expensive than average, as they try to live on less since food stamp reductions last November.