As we began the High Holiday season, Meir Panim was busy packaging and preparing thousands of meals to deliver to needy families all over Israel. With Coronavirus cases at a record high, the country went into another full lockdown. With so many people unemployed, our Branch managers, staff and volunteers were working overtime each day to ensure everyone that was in need of a Holiday package received one.
Meir Panim’s Or Akiva Branch Never Slows Down
The Meir Panim Or Akiva Branch continued to outdo themselves with an incredible amount of food they produced. Given the situation, they adapted accordingly and cooked up to 2,000 meals daily!
The volunteers, led by the dynamic Ilanit, the Branch manager, went above and beyond and cooked for the Holidays until 4:00 in the morning! The dedication of the staff is incredibly inspiring because they positively impact thousands of lives.
In Dimona, Meir Panim Clients Are Treated To Farm-Fresh Produce
No less impressive than the Or Akiva Branch is Meir Panim’s Dimona Branch in southern Israel. Led by Nissim Elmakayes, the Dimona Branch provided Holiday Meals for hundreds of families in need including many Holocaust Survivors who were alone for the Holidays.
Nissim also secured a large donation of farm-fresh produce which was distributed to the needy who were able to fill their empty refrigerators with plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables! Oftentimes, low-income families are forced to rely on unhealthy foods for sustenance so having fresh produce available not only feeds those in need, it also keeps them healthy!
Volunteers in Tiberias Go Above and Beyond
All over Israel, Meir Panim volunteers have proven time and time again to be the absolute best there is. In particular, we were touched by the devotion of a special volunteer in Tiberias.
A disabled woman with limited mobility and a regular client at the Branch, called up in a frenzy as she was unable to come in and get her holiday meals and prepaid debit card in time for Rosh Hashanah.
Thanks to one of our devoted volunteers, our client received her Holiday Meal Package and prepaid shopping card that day. It is stories like these that remind us of how caring and devoted Meir Panim’s volunteers are.