| Masbia Flatbush opened in November 2009 as part of the Met Council and UJA response to the economic crises, which left many Brooklynites seeking food at soup kitchens. Masbia Flatbush is the third site to open in the Masbia soup kitchen network.
Brooklyn has been called the center of Jewish poverty. For a long time, the needy depended on the generosity of individuals in the community and some weekend packages programs. But those looking for a hot meal on a daily basis had no place to go. Masbia is here to fill the gap. Our mission is to feed hot, nourishing Kosher meals in an organized fashion to anyone in need--hungry, poor, young and old. We rely on the belief that people in the community will support the cause with generous financial and moral support.
On openining night Masbia Flatbush served 50 meals, and that number continues to grow.
Known as the "free restaurant," Masbia serves a three-course meal five nights a week in a restaurant-like setting that offers its patrons the privacy and dignity that everyone deserves. But every day, the challenge of feeding the needy continues to grow. The more Masbia feeds, the more it depends on generous people in the community to keep its doors open.
The Flatbush soup kitchen operates in a space formerly known as Rimonim, a high-end restaurant that closed down during the economic crisis. Looking for a space where we could begin serving food immediately, Masbia took over the former restaurant, which came with eveyrthing in stock--a commercial kitchen, tables, chairs, ovens, mixers, hot plates and the like. The commercial kitchen, which is highly adaptable and well stocked with pots and appliances and can be used to prepare large quantities of food, will be used to prepare the food for all Masbia sites. With a large dining area, the site has the potential to service people in need in many different ways such as having social workers, or other enrollment officers there to help people with various needs.
Likewise, in the spirit of promoting community involvement, this unique space can also be used by people in the community who wish to celebrate a joyous occasion, while at the same time feeding those less fortunate. They could hold the event at Masbia which has the capacity to host Masbia regulars and the invited guests. Click on "..." for more information about hosting a celebration at Masbia.
Masbia of Boro Park, which opened in 2005, was the first Kosher soup kitchen in New York City, and its model is now being replicated in many neighborhoods in the city as part of the Masbia network.