Known throughout Israel for their signature Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens, Meir Panim has been forced to adapt their business model during the era of coronavirus, offering Israel’s impoverished a lot more than just warm meals.

In fact, thanks to a donation of 200 N-95 masks, Meir Panim can now ensure that their clientele stays safe from both COVID-19 as well as potential fines. That’s because the fine for not wearing a mask in public in Israel these days is the equivalent of $65 in local currency – a cost that Israel’s hungry simply cannot afford. The free masks provided by Meir Panim offer a solution to this problem and are delivered in closed, sterile packaging. 

Mimi Rozmaryn, Global Director of Meir Panim calls the masks “life-saving.” 

“It is our top priority to ensure that each client stays safe during these uncertain times. With the help from a generous donor, Meir Panim distributed hundreds of masks with each meal to hungry Israelis in need!” the organization said in a statement.

This isn’t the only adjustment Meir Panim has had to make during the pandemic. 

Back in March, Breaking Israel News reported on a wide range of challenges the charitable entity faced. Once a chain of bustling soup kitchens, Meir Panim was forced to pivot after government restrictions banned gatherings of ten or more people in public spaces. The organization responded by providing hot meals from their Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens in the form of takeout meals and Meals-on-Wheels.

Meir Panim’s signature Meals-on-Wheels program significantly expanded its meal deliveries to meet the growing demands of its patrons who are confined to their homes and the newly unemployed. With the new surge in covid cases, Meir Panim is again facing a litany of new challenges to deliver food to Israel’s hungry. And this can be your chance to be a part of it. Simply make a donation to Meir Panim today and help the organization ensure that new government regulations won’t prevent Israel’s impoverished from enjoying a warm meal.