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Jewish Foodies Mobilize COVID19 Relief to Crowdfund Dozens of Trailer Loads of Food Worth $2 Million
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Jewish Foodies Mobilize COVID19 Relief to Crowdfund Dozens of Trailer Loads of Food Worth $2 Million

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New York, NY — Jewish chefs, cookbook authors, food writers and food manufacturers come together to help Masbia Soup Kitchen Network with trailer loads of food. Some are offering gifts in return for donations. Among them are cookbooks, personal cooking demos, and personally catered meals for donors who make large donations. Some Kosher food vendors like Gefen and Haddar even offered to match donations to help reach the goal.

Since the Corona outbreak, the demand for food at Masbia spiked 500%. Masbia went from distributing 2-3 trailer loads of food a week to over a dozen. Together, they are crowdfunding dozens of trailer loads of different types of food with a total value of $2 million. Each individual trailer has its own goal – based on what it costs to fill that trailer with that particular type of food, and most have their own gift – offered by its host.

“I am so thankful to all those famous foodies who regularly volunteer at Masbia and wanted to help out but due to social distancing, needed to think outside the box, so they came up with crowdfunding trailers of food. Each one of them chose a food ingredient they cared to to fundraise for. Some even included a recipe for that ingredient. Each trailer has the cost of a unit, a case, a pallet and the entire trailer. People who respond to their calling can respond with whatever amount suits them best. There is a progress bar on each page that shows how much each trailer has raised to date”, said Alexander Rapaport, Executive Director of Masbia Soup Kitchen Network. “Some trailers have matchings from the company, some have gifts from the host, and some even have both”, he added.

Masbia Soup Kitchen Network is the largest kosher soup kitchen. Masbia operates soup kitchens and food pantries out of three locations – two in Brooklyn and one in Queens. Masbia currently serves close to 7,000 families with raw food on a weekly basis and about 5,000 people ready-to-eat dinners every day.

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1372 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn NY 11230