Masbia started as a grassroots charity to feed the hungry. It began as a simple vision shared by Mordechai Mandelbaum and Alexander Rapaport, a vision of a clean, well-lit and attractive place where poor men, women, and children could eat nourishing kosher meals daily for free. These two men set out to make this vision a reality, and on Sunday, April 3, 2005, Masbia -- Brooklyn’s first and only kosher soup kitchen -- opened its doors to the public.
Over the past six years since its opening, Masbia has served over 400,000 meals, which means thousands of people (many of them children and elderly) have gone to bed with food in their stomachs, full and content. In the quest to tackle hunger, Masbia is the organization that will always do as much as is possible… and then strive to do even more.
In 2009, Masbia experienced several major expansions to its operations. From 2009 to 2010, Masbia opened three new sites -- one in Flatbush, one in Williamsburg, and one in Rego Park, Queens -- in addition to the original site in Boro Park.
Masbia also has developed recently two new exciting initiatives. Masbia actively networks with local NY farmers and CSA programs in order to get fresh and local produce donations. This year, Masbia established its Weekend Take-Home Package program at all four soup kitchen sites. Through this program alone, Masbia has given out 71,263 meals for people to take home, handing out over 15,000 variously-portioned packages of food.Our Mission
Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, everyday providing hot, nutritious meals for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food. Alongside our hot-meal program, we also give out bags of much needed groceries every week to those with not enough at home, through our weekend take-home package program. Masbia works to not only feed the hungry, but to provide free, wholesome, and delicious meals for people in a restaurant-style environment, with volunteer waiters serving each person with respect and dignity.