Flatbush – At a time when demand for food is increasing on a weekly basis, the widely-celebrated kosher cookbook author Susie Fishbein visited Masbia soup kitchen Thursday to launch Masbia’s new “Book Dinner at Masbia” campaign, in an effort to help to keep their doors open.
“It is my honor to help Masbia soup kitchen, which goes out of its way to feed the hungry on a daily basis, serving people with the utmost dignity and respect,“ said Fishbein. “Without Masbia’s emergency meals, people would go hungry every day, families would go to bed with their stomachs growling.“
In exchange for donations of $120 (20 meals), donors to Masbia received a Susie Fishbein cookbook. For each additional donation of 20 meals, donors received an additional book in the series.
Fishbein’s widely successful cookbook series Kosher by Design has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide and has led to hundreds of appearances by Fishbein coast-to-coast. Profiled in the New York Times and on CNN, Fishbein has been named one of the 50 most influential Jews by the Forward. She has been a guest on dozens of network TV and radio shows. Recently, Fishbein was an honored guest at the White House in recognition of National Jewish Heritage Month.
Masbia soup kitchen started as a grassroots charity to feed the hungry. During the past five years since opening, Masbia has served more than 250,000 meals.
During the current trying times, Masbia, with the help of the Met Council on Jewish Poverty and the UJA Federation, increased its efforts and opened three additional sites across New York City. Masbia struggles to keep its doors open on a daily basis. Tens of thousands of dollars are needed weekly to meet the demand, and Masbia is counting on the proceeds from its upcoming campaign to keep the soup kitchen network running.
“Almost every week we increase the number of meals we give out to the hungry. Last week at our Borough Park site, we served 180 meals per day, 20 meals more than the previous week. And this week at our Queens Boulevard site, we served 120 meals daily, up from 100 the previous week,” said Alexander Rapaport, executive director of Masbia.”