The Masbia Soup Kitchen Network was established in 2005 as a grassroots charity organization with the prime objective of feeding nourishing, nutritious meals to those in need. Masbia currently serves 1.5 million meals annually. Masbia prides itself on making people feel comfortable by providing a restaurant-style setting and ensuring the dignity of those in need. It's all part of the Masbia motto: "A hot meal always needs a touch of warmth." Masbia is a direct-service, simple charity that routinely diminishes all of its resources by sharing them with the needy and constantly needs replenishment.
People magazine referred to us a "restaurant without a cash register". After hurricane Sandy, Newsweek magazine called us "Heroes of Sandy". Our executive director, Alexander Rapaport was one of the Forward 50 in 2010.. Masbia was founded in April of 2005, by Mordechai Mandelbaum, as a more reliable way to feed the needy and the homeless, as to what he was doing out of his own home.. Masbia Soup Kitchen, and Food Pantry is run mostly by volunteers, together with a core of paid staff. Masbia was featured in the NYT, WSJ, NY Daily News, CBS News, ABC News, News 12, and much more.
Masbia, which means to satisfy, or satiate, was founded as an emergency response to hunger, with the idea to get lots of private donors and volunteers behind its mission. For over the last 10 years, Masbia kept its lights open, and its shelves stocked with food, mostly through private donations. We still operate hand to mouth, which means all the money donated is immediately spent to stock our shelves with food, to pay rent, and to buy equipment. With our numbers constantly climbing, it is very hard to catch up with the demand. With over 30,000 pounds of food leaving our facilities every week, our infrastructure and equipment take a beating as well. Not only do we need more food supplies, we need to upgrade and replace furniture and equipment constantly to keep up with our capacity demands.