Yeshiva World News: Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Meets with Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish Community

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.
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JP Updates: Speaker Mark-Viverito Prepares Charoset Packages At Masbia Kitchen

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.
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JP Updates: Report: Adjustment in Food Stamps Means Bigger Crowds at Masbia

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. 
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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.
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The Jewish Press: Masbia Soup Kitchen Passover Food Distribution Network

April 4, 2014  By Jewish Press Staff The Orthodox Union is a proud sponsor of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network which expects to provide its largest food distribution since its founding in 2005 for the upcoming Passover season. The organization plans to distribute 180,000 meals, worth over $600,000 at its three sites and a new distribution location in Manhattan at Lincoln Square Synagogue. The distributions will supply 2,500 families with Kosher-for-Passover food.The three sites are in Brooklyn at 4217 New Utrecht Ave, Masbia’s main storage facility; 98-12 66th Avenue in Rego Park, near Queens Boulevard and across from Masbia of Queens; and at Masbia of Flatbush, 1372 Coney Island Avenue.
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Orthodox Union: OU Proud to Sponsor Masbia Soup Kitchen’s Passover Distribution and Charoset Drive

OU Staff April 3, 2014 The Orthodox Union is a proud sponsor of the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network which expects to provide its largest food distribution since its founding in 2005 for the upcoming Passover season.  The organization plans to distribute 180,000 meals, worth over $600,000 at its three sites and a new distribution location in Manhattan at Lincoln Square Synagogue.  The distributions will supply 2,500 families with Kosher-for-Passover food.
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Hamodia: All Who Are Hungry

April 2, 2014Posted Online April 1, 2014 Masbia Chef Ruben Diaz, director Alexander Rapaport and Boro Park JCC executive director Yeruchum Silber on Monday announce a toll-free number for anyone in need of food for Pesach, at the Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan.
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The Packer: Apple donations help families celebrate Passover

April 1, 2014 By Alyssa Klimek The New York Apple Association, Fishers, and New York Apple Sales, Castleton, N.Y., are donating apples to ensure that families can make charoset for Passover Seder this year.Charoset is a traditional food served during Seder, the evening ritual that observes the beginning of Passover. Charoset is a made of sweetened fruits, nuts and spices.
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Perishable News: Apple Industry Donation To Kosher Soup Kitchen Will Help 2,500 Families Celebrate Passover

Posted April 1 2014by New York Apple Association, Inc.Fishers, N.Y. – New York apple growers are helping to ensure that 2,500 local families facing hunger have apples to make charoset for Passover Seder this year. The New York Apple Association, Inc. (NYAA) is donating more than 3,000 pounds of apples to Masbia, the New York-based nonprofit kosher soup kitchen and food pantry. New York Apple Sales, Inc., headquartered in Castleton, is donating another 3,000+ pounds of New York state apples. Masbia staff and volunteers will parcel the apples with other charoset ingredients into take-home kits for 2,500 client families.
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Yeshiva World News: PHOTOS: NYC Comptroller Stringer Visits Borough Park

April 1, 2014 New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer today visited several Jewish community-based organizations within the Borough Park section of Brooklyn as preparations were underway for the upcoming Passover holiday. In the spirit of Passover, which celebrates the triumph of freedom over slavery, Comptroller Stringer wanted to visit and thank local community-based organizations that are making a difference in the lives of others. 
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