After a summer of violence, families across Israel are looking forward to a happier year ahead. Thanks to Meir Panim, many of Israel’s poor will have a happy holiday, and will be able to celebrate with festive meals and with dignity.
In the days leading up to Rosh Hashana, Meir Panim staff and volunteers across Israel hand-deliver close to 2,500 food shopping cards to those in need. The cards are preloaded with 250 shekels (approximately $72) and can be used at major Israeli supermarket chains to purchase food and household items. The cards grant families the flexibility to customize their purchases.
“The food cards change the way many of Israel’s neediest families celebrate Rosh Hashana,” said David Roth, president of American Friends of Meir Panim. “We realize that each family has different needs and preferences. These cards allow our impoverished neighbors to buy the products they want and need for the holidays, giving them the opportunity to make their celebrations special and joyful.”
Other Meir Panim holiday activities included celebrations for the children in Meir Panim’s After-School Youth Clubs and their families. For those unable to shop for themselves, holiday food packages, containing fresh produce, eggs, fish, meat and wine, are distributed to the less fortunate, bringing joy and hope for the New Year.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to the Rosh Hashana campaign.