February 13, 2014By Luis GrondaA Rego Park food pantry is giving people the choice to decide what food they want for their families.Last week, the Rego Park Masbia food pantry, located at 98-08 Queens Blvd., introduced a new system that allows residents to choose what they take home as opposed to just giving them a pile of food.It is a points system determined by food’s weight. You get 36 points in total to spend on whatever food you would like. The choices are divided up into three categories: fruits and vegetables, grains and protein and meat.
February 12, 2014By Jeannette Josue
January 28, 2014By Sandy Eller New York - A congressional vote being held tomorrow on a plan that would make major cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has many New Yorkers on edge, with almost 44 percent of those affected living in the Empire State.As previously reported on VIN News, a massive farm bill would continue generous subsidies to farmers but would also cut make drastic cuts to food stamp recipients.“350,000 out of the 800,000 people affected are residents of New York State,” Alexander Rappaport, executive director of Masbia, told VIN News. “New York is very adversely affected by this.”
January 27, 2014Listen below.
January 16, 2014By Leisha Majtan NY1 VIDEO: The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Rego Park added blueberries and dried papaya to each bag of groceries that volunteers give out weekly to those in need for the Jewish holiday "Tu B`Shevat," or the "New Year of Trees," which took place Thursday.See the video HERE.
December 16, 2013By Veronique Greenwood and Jacob Templin Fresh, locally sourced food? Check. Art on the walls? Check. Helping New York`s hungry? Check.
December 5, 2013 By BrooklynNews.com The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that it has partnered with Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, along with five other Brooklyn food pantries and soup kitchens, to collect non-perishable food (canned or packaged) and raise money until December 20, 2013 as a part of the first Brooklyn Eats Cares.Brooklyn Eats Cares was created by the Brooklyn Chamber sponsored Brooklyn Eats, the borough’s largest food and beverage manufacturing trade show featuring products made in Brooklyn, to give back to the community.
November 28, 2013 By Matt Gnaizda, NTD TelevisionNEW YORK—The smoky-sweet scent of barbecue chicken fills the air inside Masbia, a restaurant-style food kitchen in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Chef Ruben Diaz is cooking enough chicken, plus soup and vegetables, to feed 460 hungry people for dinner on Wednesday.Masbia in Flatbush and its other two locations are filling a need that is only getting bigger this year.“I think we had a record number last Thursday,” said Masbia founder Alexander Rapaport.Three months ago, his three food kitchens were serving between 1,000 and 1,500 people each month. Now, they’re feeding more than 5,000.Rapaport says the increase is mainly related to cuts to the federal food stamp program, known officially as SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
November 27, 2013 By Heather Holland NEW YORK CITY — As you give thanks, give back.While many soup kitchens in the city have already filled their Thanksgiving Day volunteer slots, there are still a few last-minute opportunities to help.Options include helping a local charity serve a Thanksgiving meal, packing groceries that will be delivered to the needy, and donating food, toys and winter coats.“Volunteers may be dishing food onto plates, carrying them into our chapels, serving as waitresses, and making sure people have drinks, utensils or napkins,” said James Winans, an administrator at the Lower East Side`s Bowery Mission. “We will do our best to put them to work.”
Novemebr 26, 2013 By Holly Kellum NEW YORK—In a swanky lower East Side restaurant Monday, policymakers, philanthropists, and food charities offered suggestions for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to make good on the promise to end the “Tale of Two Cities” by cutting down on hunger and poverty.The event comes on the heels of a Nov. 1 cut to food stamp benefits from the federal government. Some 1.9 million New York City residents receive food stamps. Lines for food pantries and soup kitchens have become increasingly long, advocates say.