No one in the modern land of Israel should go hungry, but every day thousands do. Meir Panim is committed to relieving the strain of poverty across all sectors of Israeli society, giving hope and a chance at a better future to those who need it most.
Aiding those most in need
Meir Panim offers an array of programs to aid those most in need. Meir Panims branches across Israel serve approximately 350,000 meals annually out of restaurant-style soup kitchens, which also prepare Meals-on-Wheels for delivery to an additional 190,000 people, including elderly homebound, the disabled and Holocaust survivors.
To address the needs of the 756,900 Israeli children living below the poverty line, Meir Panim delivers hot lunches through the Meals for Children program in cities across Israel. Meir Panim also operates after-school clubs and summer day camps for disadvantaged children.
The situation of those families who live in Israels Southern Region, the Negev, is particularly dire. The Negev has a large number of development towns populated by economically challenged immigrants from Ethiopia and the Former Soviet Union. Unemployment in the Negev area is high due to the closure of many factories and workplaces, as well as the lack of suitable employment options.
New food facility
Meir Panims new Israel Nutrition Center will house the largest food production facility in the Middle East, providing 30,000 fresh meals a day for distribution to Israels needy. Three shifts will work around-the-clock to assure that the poor and homebound receive high-quality meals on a daily basis.
On the eve of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Malcolm Hoenlein, the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, visited the facility. This kitchen will warm the stomachs of thousands of hungry children and adults throughout Israel and let them know that they are cared about, he stated.
The facility is due to open in early 2016. Ninety percent of the machinery is already in place and final touches are being made on the enormous structure. Meals for the needy will be cooked in the state-of-the-art, industrial-sized kitchen with the strictest adherence to safe food handling practices.
Meals will be delivered throughout Israel to Meir Panim recipients, including children. The soup kitchens, the homebound, schools in impoverished neighborhoods, subsidized summer camps and additional programs will all benefit.
The Israel Nutrition Center will further provide residents of the economically depressed Negev with much-needed employment, with hundreds of new jobs at the facility for those living in the area. Meir Panims revolutionary new facility will impact the lives of tens of thousands of impoverished Israelis on a daily basis, offering a realistic solution to the problem of hunger in Israel.
Meir Panim is helping to build the future of Israel, a future where no one need go hungry, one meal at a time.