In collaboration with food delivery service DoorDash, Masbia, a New York-based kosher soup kitchen and pantry, has ramped up its efforts to provide kosher meals and groceries to families facing food insecurity in Brooklyn and Queens.
The effort to provide food and groceries to families comes on the heels of a post-pandemic economic downfall of several families living in the heavily Jewish neighborhoods of New York. Furthermore, this partnership is part of Project Dash, DoorDash’s social impact initiative, in which the San Francisco-based company partners with local food banks, food pantries, and other nonprofits to deliver food and groceries to people in need.
Masbia CEO Alexander Rappaport said of the project, “every week, the network handles more than 7,500 pantry appointments and nearly 2,000 dinners in its soup kitchen.” This being said, he added that he was aware that many more families than that are struggling, given the sharp rise in food prices and the potential winding down of food assistance programs as pandemic policies are lifted. Many of these families, due to COVID-19 or the lack of transportation, are unable to make it to the storefronts to get food, so Rapaport wanted to find a way to bring groceries to them.
Packages sent to families include enough protein, starch, fruits, and vegetables for a week or so, according to Rappaport. As of now, in the second week of the project, DoorDash has already made 2,500 free deliveries.
Founded in 2005, Masbia serves hot meals to New Yorkers in need through its restaurant-style soup kitchen and through home grocery packages. There are currently three locations in Borough Park, Flatbush, and Forest Hills.