How We Help
How we are fighting against the poverty that 1.7 million Israelis are experiencing
There are six Meir Panim Food Centres, designed to look and feel like restaurants, not soup kitchens. We want people living in poverty to keep their dignity despite their situation.
We work with nutritionists to create daily menus that provide meals with all the necessary nutrition needed. Run by volunteers, the Food Centres offer more than just a hot meal – they offer genuine friendship.
Last year 500,000 hot meals were served across Meir Panim’s food centres, with your generous support we can continue to raise this number every year.
Food Shopping Cards
Meir Panim pre-loaded shopping cards look like credit cards and can be used at the supermarket. They enable the shopper to buy the food they need by handing over the card at the checkout for payment. This allows people to keep their self-respect, making their own choices over the food their family needs and without the embarrassment of waiting in line for a food basket.
Last year, 5,300 cards were given to families living below the poverty line. Help us provide more cards to families so they can continue to feed themselves with dignity and pride.
Meals On Wheels
Many Israelis living below the poverty line cannot leave their homes due to their circumstances. Unable to go to our food centres, they are reliant on their meals coming to them. For others, the embarrassment they will feel being seen receiving a free meal is more painful than the hunger they experience.
As a solution to this we have teams of devoted volunteers that deliver nutritious meals. They also take the time to check on the welfare and health of the individual. They ascertain if they are in need of other forms of assistance, such as minor household repairs. For the recipients, these visits are often their only connection to the outside world.
Over the past year, 189,000 meals were delivered, as well as 15,000 challas for Shabbat.
Power of Giving Warehouses
Poverty isn’t only about the lack of food, too many individuals and families live in horrible conditions, being without even bare essentials like a bed. This is where our Power of Giving programme steps in, collecting second-hand equipment donated by generous Israeli citizens for distribution to people in need.
People receive referrals to visit Power of Giving centres from local Welfare and Absorption services. They choose the products they need for their home which are promptly delivered to their homes.
Last year, 7,500 families benefited from three warehouses across Israel. With your support we can increase the outreach and ensure people have a bed to sleep in.
After School Clubs
Children who live below the poverty line rarely do well in school, which isn’t surprising. This is why the After School Clubs were created. They provide disadvantaged, troubled children with a nurturing environment where they can thrive, offering new hope and possibilities. It’s a place where they can be safe, get help with their homework and receive a hot meal.
160 children regularly attended a Meir Panim after school club last year and over 67,000 hot school meals were served. We need your help to create more of these clubs, reaching more children to give them and Israel, a brighter future.
Our Honorary President & Patrons
Sir Erich Reich
Sir Erich Arieh Reich (born 1935, Vienna, Austria) is an Austrian-born entrepreneur based in London, who through his charity challenges company Classic Tours has inspired over 42,000 people to raise £60million for 300+ UK charities.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Ephraim Mirvis (born 1956) is an Orthodox rabbi who serves as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Traditionally the post has entailed that he also serves as the head of all British Jews as the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
Rabbi Joseph Dweck
Rabbi Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom. Born and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York. He studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia under the tutelage of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”l.
We need your help
We can’t reach more Israelis without your support, there are still over a million who need our help. Donate now to make a real difference to help us fight poverty.