November 25, 2013 By Anna Sanders A month before the NYC Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving banquet, executive director Mayes put his foot down: Only 200 volunteers.“If we have too many volunteers for this, it ends up being not the greatest thing,” Mayes said.He cut volunteers for Monday’s banquet by some 20 percent, feeling “like there were too many people just standing around” last year.Mayes acknowledges many New Yorkers see this as the best time to “give back.” But as soup kitchens and food pantries receive an influx of donations, cash and volunteers around the holidays, many grateful organizers like Mayes dream of year-round generosity.
November 14, 2013By Renny Grinshpan Brooklyn grocers expect to take a hit and soup kitchens brace for great community needs in anticipation of the enactment of the Farm Bill.Roughly one in three New Yorkers rely on food stamps, also called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). So when cuts are made, food kitchens and grocers in blue-collar areas begin to notice. And with some cuts phasing in now and more coming down the pike, they are worried.
November 12, 2013 By BrooklynNews.com A year after Hurricane Sandy left thousands without homes and in need of basic amenities, several Brooklyn organizations are holding a reunion for volunteers and donors who came together during those trying times to lend a hand to victims of the hurricane.The reunion is taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7pm-9pm at Beth Elohim in Park Slope. Volunteers and donors who gathered in the weeks following the hurricane at Masbia, the John Jay High School and Park Slope Armory shelters, Congregation Beth Elohim, the Sandy Relief Kitchen, and through the Old Stone House and Park Slope Parents will come together to reconnect, reflect and share a dinner catered by Masbia soup kitchen network, that provided over 20,000 hot meals to victims at the Armory throughout their stay. The dinner menu will include foods that have a SAndy connection, such as Tzimmes, a traditional Jewish carrot stew that for logistical reasons became a mainstay in the food served to victims after the hurricane, and a chickpea soup based on a recipe given to Masbia Chef Ruben Diaz by food writer Melissa Clark that is regularly served at the soup kitchen and also during Sandy. All the meat is being donated by Aaron’s Best, the same brand that donated thousands of dollars’ worth of meat for Sandy relief.
NOVEMBER 12, 2013 A year after so many generous neighbors helped others in need during Hurricane Sandy, volunteers and donors who worked at Masbia, the John Jay High School and Park Slope Armory shelters, Congregation Beth Elohim, the Sandy Relief Kitchen, and through the Old Stone House and Park Slope Parents, are invited to reconnect, reflect, and share a dinner catered by the Masbia soup kitchen network. The reunion is taking place tonight, Tuesday, November 12 from 7pm-9pm at CBE (274 Garfield Place).
November 11, 2013 View the coverage here.MIDWOOD - Students from J-Teen Leadership in Westchester spent the day volunteering at a soup kitchen in Midwood today.
October 24, 2013 Nachum welcomed Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network & Seth Leavitt, President of Abeles & Heymann Kosher (A&H) to this morning’s JM in the AM to put the spotlight on the incredible food and chessed of Abeles & Heymann Kosher. Listen to the original article HERE.
March 4, 2012 By Simone Weichselbaum BROOKLYN, NY -- March 4, 2012 -- New York Jews getting ready for Purim skipped the costume parties Sunday to focus on giving back. Doing extra charity is a must during the two-day celebration that begins Wednesday night and honors Queen Esther for saving the ancient Persian Jews from slaughter.