AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MEIR PANIM

Fighting Poverty in Israel

Brooklyn, NY   |  www.meirpanim.org

Mission

American Friends of Meir Panim’s mission is to alleviate and diminish the harmful effects of poverty on thousands of families across Israel by supporting a range of food and social service programs aimed at helping the needy with dignity and respect, including free restaurants, meals-on-wheels, school lunch programs, prepaid food card distribution, vocational training and after-school youth clubs.

Ruling year info

2005

President

Mr. David Roth

Main address

88 Walton Street Suite B1

Brooklyn, NY 11206 USA

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EIN

20-1582478

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Meir Panim is committed to providing both immediate relief and long-term solutions to the impoverished of Israel. Meir Panim serves thousands of free meals a day to Israel's needy population through its network of food and social service centers throughout the country. Programs include Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens; Meals-on-Wheels delivered to needy children, the homebound, elderly and disabled; prepaid food card distribution, and After-School Neighborhood Youth Centers for at-risk teens. American Friends of Meir Panim (AFMP) was established in 2003 to promote, support and further the programs and activities which provide relief from poverty and hunger to thousands of men, women and children across Israel. Our goal is to alleviate the harmful effects of poverty in the short-term and provide long-term, proactive solutions to assist the needy to break out of the cycle of poverty and become active, self-sufficient members of Israeli society.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Meir Panim Social Services Program In Israel

American Friends of Meir Panim supports Meir Panim in Israel, a nonprofit that runs a network of 5 Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens providing 490,000 meals annually; 190,000 Meals-on-Wheels to the elderly, homebound, and disabled; 110,000 Meals for Children; 25,000 pre-paid food shopping cards; 25,000 holiday food packages; and 4 After-School Youth Centers providing 200 at-risk children with the opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty.
1.8 million Israelis live in poverty, including 800,000 children. Meir Panim works every day to provide lifesaving meals to this disadvantaged population. Families served include the “working poor,” who would otherwise be forced to choose between food and basic household items

Population(s) Served
Seniors
At-risk youth

In the city of Kiryat Gat, Meir Panim operates the largest food production facility in the Middle East, providing 30,000 meals each day.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
At-risk youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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1.8 million people in Israel live in poverty. This number includes 800,000 children. Many disadvantaged families are caught in a cycle of poverty with no hope for the future.
Meir Panim’s goal is to alleviate the harmful effects of poverty in the short-term and provide long-term, proactive solutions to assist the needy to break out of the cycle of poverty and become active, self-sufficient members of Israeli society.

Meir Panim runs a network of social service programs throughout Israel, including Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens; Meals-on Wheels for the elderly, homebound, and disabled; Meals for Children; pre-paid food shopping cards; holiday food packages; and After-School Youth Centers for at-risk children. This holistic support enables the disadvantaged population to focus on bettering their circumstances and not having to choose between buying food and buying medicine or household necessities. By providing needy people with one hot meal each day, Meir Panim alleviates the stress and anxiety that comes with food insecurity.

Meir Panim works closely with local Municipalities and Social Workers in each of the areas services are provided. In close collaboration with the Mayors’ offices, impoverished citizens are referred to Meir Panim so we can outreach to the needy populations, e.g. elderly citizens who are in need of nutrition.
Branch managers communicate frequently with clients and social workers so we reach as large a population as possible.

In Or Akiva, Sderot and Dimona, municipal and administrative officials, including teachers and principals, coordinate enrollment and attendance at three 3 at-risk after school youth programs.

Because of Meir Panim’s services, disadvantaged Jerusalem residents are no longer forced to make the difficult decision between food and other basic necessities like medications or household items. With the continuation and expansion of our programming, Meir Panim eases the burden of poverty for many families and elderly residents of Jerusalem.

Meir Panim diminishes widespread hunger and the number of vulnerable citizens in Israel who are suffering from "food insecurity." For many, the daily meal provided by Meir Panim is the only hot food they will eat all day. By ensuring that clients receive at least one nutritious meal, Meal Panim protects the health and physical well-being of Israel’s disadvantaged population.

During the holidays, many of our elderly clients find themselves alone, without any family members with whom to share the holiday. For this population Meir Panim provides not only holiday food packages for nourishment, but also organizes special holiday celebrations and even matches those who are alone with families who open their homes to guests. This enables needy people to not only survive, but to feel less marginalized while they enjoy holiday festivities.

On an emotional level, knowing they can count on us for a daily hot meal reduces clients’ overall levels of anxiety and provides them with hope for the future.

As many of our clients visit our Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens on a daily basis, friendships are often formed among peers. This provides disadvantaged people with the opportunity to feel a sense of community, which is also crucial to emotional well-being. Meir Panim’s Branch Managers also encourage this sense of community by personally getting to know each person who walks through the door.

Meir Panim hopes to bring an end to the isolation and shame of poverty and see a population with its dignity restored.

Financials

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AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MEIR PANIM

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Roth

David Roth

Cantor Avi Albrecht

Cantor Ofer Barnoy

Cantor Aaron Cohen

Jennifer Gross

Martin Levine

Adrianne Roth

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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