- 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 with all the necessary goodness, which our clients can rarely afford. Run by volunteers, the Food Centres provide more than just a hot meal – they offer genuine friendship.
Last year 500,000 hot meals were served across six food centres.
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, and then hand 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.
In 2017, 5,300 cards were distributed
Many of those below the poverty line are homebound, and are unable to go to a food centre. For others, the embarrassment of being seen receiving a free meal is more painful than the hunger that they experience. Teams of devoted volunteers deliver nutritious meals, and take the time to check on the individual’s welfare and overall state of health. 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.
Too many Israeli individuals and families live in shameful conditions, lacking even bare essentials like a bed or table and chairs. To meet this need, Meir Panim’s Power of Giving (POG) programme collects second-hand equipment donated by Israeli citizens 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.
In 2017, 7,500 families benefitted from three warehouses across Israel.
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 four after-school clubs that offer new hope and possibilities for disadvantaged, troubled children and their families. The clubs provide a safe environment, help with homework and serve a hot meal.
160 children regularly attended a Meir Panim after school club last year and over 67,000 hot school meals were served.
This programme for Youth at Risk combines theoretical and practical training while creating a social, economic and communal safety net. The major goal of the programme is to provide young people from the periphery an opportunity to fulfil their potential and promote their quality of life and development.
Programmes are now running in three different locations across the country.