JTA: World-renowned competitive eater Kobayashi donates his earnings to Masbia

February 24, 2012By Daniel Treiman What happens when a man who can consume 53 and 3/4 hot dogs in 12 minutes meets a giant hamantasch?That’s the question that confronted famed competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi -- a previous record-holder in the prestigious Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest -- when he dropped by Yeshiva University in New York City yesterday and discussed, among other things, his belief in mindful eating.
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The Jewish Star: Monday`s Miracle at Masbia

Brooklyn NY-December 30, 2011By Yaakov Hawk THE JEWISH STAR -- Masbia this past Monday night to be treated food, gifts and live music. Philanthropy for the Future, hosted this incredible night at Masbia, helping Masbia feed almost double the amount of people that they usually feed at their Midwood location. This incredible event was run with a budget of zero dollars, as Masbia is currently facing tremendous financial strain. When PFF founder Yaakov Hawk approached Alexander Rapaport, director of Masbia with this idea it was a difficult decision for him to make, knowing that events like this, frequently go over budget and it was his responsibility to make sure Masbia can keep serving meals to New York’s hungry. 
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Masbia Volunteers For Channukah Celebration at Masbia on News 12

 
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Brooklyn Daily Eagle: NYC Child Hunger Soars While Brooklyn Feeding Programs Close

November 27, 2011Nearly 90 Percent of Brooklyn Pantries And Kitchens Are Feeding More PeopleBy New York Coalition Against HungerBROOKLYN, NY -- A new analysis of recent U.S. Department of Agriculture data, conducted by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and released Wednesday, found that nearly 500,000 city children, or one in four, live in families that cannot afford an adequate supply of food.The coalition`s calculations also showed that one in six New York City residents, 1.47 million New Yorkers, live in food insecurity, struggling against hunger.A separate survey of New York City soup kitchens and food pantries, also included in the coalition`s report, found that demand at city food pantries and soup kitchens grew by 12 percent this year -- on top of a 7 percent increase in 2010 and a 21 increase in 2009.
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VIN News: Group Of Council Members and the Speaker Eat at Soup-kitchen to Defuse Stigma‏

Tuesday, November 22, 2011by VIN News Staff Brooklyn, NY - A large delegation of City Council members volunteered on Monday their time and energy at Masbia soup kitchen on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn in order to witness firsthand the plight of New York’s unfortunate and the effect that the current state of the economy has on real people. The site on Coney Island Avenue opened in November 2009 as part of the UJA, Met Council and MASBIA response to the economic crises. It is one of three soup kitchens they opened during the recession.
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Squadron Volunteers at Soup Kitchen

November 16, 2011 State Sen. Daniel Squadron volunteered at a kosher soup kitchen only steps away from a hate-crime scene. Masbia of Williamsburg is located near the corner of Lee Avenue and Ross Street, where a 51-year-old Hasidic man was severely beaten just late last Friday night, Nov. 12, by three perpetrators in what appears to be a series of anti-Semitic incidents in Brooklyn. Seen here with Squadron, left, is Alexander Rapoport, head of the Masbia organization.
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VIN News: Kosher Food Company Ties New Product Purchase to Masbia Donation

Wednesday, November 09, 2011BY SANDY ELLERVIN NEWS STAFFSECAUCUS, NJ - A Rockland County based kosher food distributor debuted a line of organic flours today at the Kosher Fest food show that is not only unbleached, organic and stone ground, but a vehicle to feed the needy as well.The center of every label on five pound bags of La Sova flour clearly states that for every pallet of flour sold, Neiman Kosher Food Distributors will donate one case of flour to Masbia soup kitchens. Each case of flour contains six five pound bags of flour.
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NY Observer: Recession Takes Its Toll On NYC Charities

With eager determination some stay afloatFall 2011By Emerald Pellot [Excerpt from article]“The impact of the recession on Masbia can be measured by a number of gauges. Some of our big donors who helped us financially before the recession, can no longer help us,” said Alexander Rapaport, founder of Masbia. “Other donors have been awakened by the recession and prefer to give their money to emergency programs rather than a slew of other philanthropic causes.” Masbia was founded in 2005 by Mordechai Mondelbaum and Mr. Rapaport. The only kosher “soup kitchen” in the city was created in Brooklyn with a vision of feeding the hungry in a well-lit dignified setting. Masbia relies heavily on volunteers and only 10% of its funding is government based—for a grassroots organization like this, the recession can have serious consequences.
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CBS News: Masbia Soup Kitchens Come To Aid Of Needy Families Marking Rosh Hashanah

NEW YORK (CBS 2) - September 28, 2011 Rosh Hashanah began at sundown - marking the start of the Jewish High Holy Days.The ten-day period of reflection is traditionally a time to review the mistakes of the past year and resolve to make improvements in the next.CBS 2`s Cindy Hsu headed to to Brooklyn on Wednesday, where the economy has some turning for help.The Masbia Soup Kitchen in Flatbush is buzzing as families who have hit hard times pick up free holiday groceries."I`m jobless, I`m on unemployment right now looking for a job and it`s very hard for me right now raising my children," Agnes Gruenbaum told Hsu.
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NY Daily News: Doctor donates profits from hand-crafted mezuzah sales to the hungry

Tuesday, August 09, 2011BY IZABELA RUTKOWSKI DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERSHandcrafted mezuzah cases designed by a pediatrician are doing more than protecting homes - they are helping to feed the hungry.Dr. Alma Krupka Klein put $700 in checks in an envelope and sent it to Masbia, a struggling soup kitchen in Borough Park, Brooklyn, several weeks ago."It was like, wow, it came [at] a very perfect moment," said Masbia director Alex Rapaport. "There was a burning utility bill on the table that day. That envelope saved us."
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