- How we help -
The 6 Meir Panim Food Centres are designed to look and feel like restaurants, not soup kitchens. Daily menus are designed by a nutritionist to include all the main food categories and vitamins that are vital for proper nutrition, which our clients can rarely afford. The meals are served by volunteers, who provide more than just a hot meal – they offer a sympathetic ear and when possible, a helping hand. In Tsfat, Holocaust survivors run the Food Centre themselves and in turn receive a hot meal as payment.
Meir Panim distributes 5,350 food-shopping cards, mainly before the High Holidays and Pesach. They look like credit cards and can be used at major food chain stores. Each card is worth £50. The recipient buys the food they need, then hands over the card at the checkout for payment, just like with a credit or debit card. People keep their self-respect, making their own choices over the food their family needs and without the embarrassment of entering a Food Centre or waiting in line for a food basket.
For the homebound, elderly, and disabled, getting to Meir Panim’s Food Centres for a meal is impossible. For others, the embarrassment of being seen receiving a free meal is more painful than the hunger that they experience.
Meir Panim responds to their call and delivers 189,000 packaged meals to homebound individuals per year. Teams of devoted volunteers deliver the nutritious meals, and take the time to check on the individual’s welfare and overall state of health. The volunteers ascertain if they are in need of other forms of assistance, such as basic equipment and appliances or minor household repairs. For the recipients, these visits are often their only connection to the outside world.
Too many Israeli individuals and families live in shameful conditions, lacking even bare essentials like a bed, refrigerator, table and chairs, stove, or a buggy. To meet this need, Meir Panim’s “Koach Latet” Power of Giving (POG) programme collects second-hand equipment donated by Israeli citizens, including furniture, household electrical appliances, clothes, etc. for distribution to people in need.
People receive referrals to visit POG’s centres from local Welfare and Absorption services. They choose the products that they need for their homes, pay a token fee and their “purchases” are promptly delivered to their homes by POG’s delivery trucks.
There are currently 3 warehouses strategically located across Israel, as well as a website.
The 36% of Israeli children who live below the poverty line are rarely doing well at school. This is why the After School Clubs are of such importance – the children can thrive in a nurturing environment and have proven to produce excellent results since attending one of the Meir Panim programmes.
Meir Panim maintains 4 after-school educational clubs that offer new hope and possibilities for disadvantaged, troubled children and their families. The clubs provide a safe environment, help with homework and a hot meal.