More than 2,300 individuals were matched with host families for Passover Seders though Meir Panim’s “Kulam Beseder” program, a special initiative that ensures that no one should have to spend Passover alone. Close to 8,500 calls were received at Meir Panim’s call center, from needy individuals as well as generous hosts.
David Roth, President of American Friends of Meir Panim, was overwhelmed by the number of calls and the offers by so many to open their homes to strangers in need. “What a special thing it is to open your door and invite the hungry to your Seder table,” he said.
In addition, 230 people participated in meaningful Seders held in Meir Panim’s Dimona and Haifa restaurants.
For struggling families wishing to celebrate the holiday in their own homes, Meir Panim distributed 2,150 pre-paid food shopping cards, enabling recipients to purchase Passover necessities and to fill their refrigerators and pantries.
For those unable to shop for themselves, 950 food packages, containing fresh produce, fish, chicken, matza, wine and more were delivered to the elderly, disabled and homebound.
The Meir Panim Or Akiva after-school club kept its doors open throughout the almost three-week long Passover break, offering daily nutritious meals, continued educational and social enrichment, and special outings such as a boat ride on the Kinneret.
Many thanks to all the staff, volunteers and donors who helped bring joy and meaning to the Passover season for the less fortunate in Israel.