// A program of Meir Panim

Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchen

Anyone, at any moment, can suddenly find themselves in a moment of need. Meir understands that and takes great pride in serving the less fortunate with the utmost respect and care to reduce the stigma associated with asking for help.

the Problem

While well meaning, traditional soup kitchens are generally designed to simply feed as many people as possible, with little regard for food quality or their clients well being- leaving them to feel undignified and full of shame.

our Solution

Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens look and feel like any other restaurant. Nutritious menus are designed daily using high quality ingredients and patrons are seated and served at their tables as a way of showing them the respect they deserve!

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How we are making a difference

Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens are a dignified alternative to traditional soup kitchens, providing 1,320,000 quality meals annually in a comfortable dining setting to impoverished Israelis. Designed to have the look and feel of a restaurant, the five branched across Israel provide a warm and relaxed atmosphere, preserving client’s self-esteem while developing camaraderie and a sense of community.

Our diners come from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds and range from families with young children to the elderly, including Holocaust survivors. Meals are served by Meir Panim’s team of branch managers and volunteers who provide more than just a nutritious meal. They offer a warm smile, sympathetic ear and a helping hand to all our patrons. For many, Meir Panim provides them with their only hot meal of the day.

TESTIMONIAL

“Every time I come here, I am welcomed with bright smiles, a warm environment and delicious food. I like to say they are the best diner in Jerusalem”

TESTIMONIAL

“I love eating here. The staff is amazing and they really take care of me. I feel like they truly care about me as a person. It’s a really exceptional place”.

TESTIMONIAL

“Every time I come here, I am welcomed with bright smiles, a warm environment and delicious food. I like to say they are the best diner in Jerusalem”

TESTIMONIAL

“I love eating here. The staff is amazing and they really take care of me. I feel like they truly care about me as a person. It’s a really exceptional place”.

program results

Dignity Restored

Not only does Meir Panim remove the shame of asking for help, they give each client the sense that they are important and deserve to be cared for.

A Welcome Reprieve

Many of the clients suffer tremendously in their day to day lives. In the hour or so they spend at Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchen, the clients get to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the hot meal served to them like royalty.

Health Restored

Beggers are not choosers, and for the needy, they often must give up on healthy food for cheaper food. This can cause many health issues. At Meir Panim’s Restaurant-Style Kitchen, they know they will get a healthy and nutritious meal with only the best ingredients.

Goodbye Hunger

Most important of all – Meir Panim is feeding the needy! While all of the benefits of the Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens are important none more so than making sure that no person should go hungry.

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