By: Alexander Rappaport Last year France passed a law, requiring companies to donate their surplus food to the poor. It sounds like an amazing idea—but I object to this sort of approach to curbing flood waste from two directions. The first one is that most of the time, logistically it takes more resources to rescue food and share it with the needy, than what it takes to feed a needy person in the first place. Secondly, shouldn't curbing waste be literally just that? Food practices that result in less food waste, rather than seeing the poor as one step before your trash bin.
Alexander Rapaport, Exec. Dir. of Masbia, talks about the Seder held this week for those in need, and feeding Kosher food to the hungry every day of the year. "In the News" with Teisha Bader.
A ‘night of watching’ with the Jewish poor. BY JONATHAN MARK April 5, 2017, 9:11 am Folks say that God must love the Jewish poor; He made so many of us. After all, 1 in 4 Jewish households is poor; 1 in 9 is near-poor; totaling 507,000 in the five boroughs, with an additional 100,000 Jews hardly making ends meet, reports the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
BY SANDEE BRAWARSKY March 28, 2017, 2:35 pm Chocolate and LiberationThese fair-trade organic kosher for Passover bars come from small farmer cooperatives in Latin America. At these farms, workers are treated fairly and there is no child labor. The eight bars in the seder host box include Dark Chocolate Lemon Ginger with Black Pepper, Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch and Panama Extra Dark. Shipped, of course, in a recycled box. A project of Fair Trade Judaica, Tru’ah and Equal Exchange, Shop.equalexchange.coop/pesach. Box of eight bars, $27. Stories of Freedom and FriendshipFor young readers, Barbara Diamond Goldin’s “The Passover Cowboy,” illustrated by Gina Capaldi (Apples & Honey Press), is set a century ago not in the American West, but in Argentina, where a Jewish family resettles after leaving Russia. David, the son, finds a first friend in Benito, who teaches him about riding horses in this warm Passover story that explores the question of home.
NY1: Volunteers at UWS Synagogue Prepare 1,000 Pounds of Veggies for Purim Meals for Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
By Tara Lynn WagnerSunday, February 26, 2017 at 06:32 PM EST Dozens of volunteers at an Upper West Side synagogue spent the day slicing and dicing for a good cause. Our Tara Lynn Wagner was there and has the story. Give 9-year-old Sali a sweet potato and a peeler, and she really gets cooking. "I'm peeling," she said. "I'm already on my sixth one." She's one of roughly 150 volunteers who gathered at the West Side Institutional Synagogue Sunday to wash, peel, and chop a half a ton of veggies. The produce is being prepped for the Masbia Soup Kitchen Network which will use the thousand pounds of fresh cut food to prepare 2,500 hot dinners this week.