Rising energy costs, supply chain disruptions, and stormy weather threaten the world’s food supply. A decreased food supply will inevitably increase the cost of essentials. This phenomenon will ultimately hurt the poor more than anyone else, economists say.
Price hikes for food items such as cereal, vegetable oil, pasta, butter, coffee, and beef coincide with a time when farmers worldwide face a variety of hurdles, including drought, crop destruction, ice storms, an increase in fuel and fertilizer prices, as well as labor shortages. The COVID-19 lockdowns and supply chain disruptions both contribute to these challenges.
Economist Maurice Obstfeld, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told the New York Times last month that higher food prices will reduce average incomes in developing countries. He noted that it is plausible to say that we are approaching a worldwide food crisis caused by a combination of increased unemployment, stagnant growth, and burdensome government budgets from spending on the Covid restrictions.
Israel is no exception.
Like many other countries, Israel must prepare for food shortages to hurt the poor and working classes. Thankfully, one social organization is preparing for that day by stocking their nationwide Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens, with meals for anyone in need – Meir Panim.
And there is no better time to support its efforts to protect Israel’s poor than on the holiday of Purim. That’s because Purim demands commandments such as a festive Purim meal (Seudat Purim), charity (Matanot L’evyonim), and food packages (Mishloach Manot).
Mishloach Manot, translated as ‘sending portions of food,’ is the commandment to give two different foods ready to eat to at least one person on Purim. Mordechai, one of the heroes of Purim, instituted the practice of Mishloach Manot as is quoted in the Book of Esther:
“That is why village Yehudim, who live in unwalled towns, observe the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and make it a day of merrymaking and feasting, and as a holiday and an occasion for sending gifts to one another. “(Esther 9:19)
Meir Panim is offering people looking to bless Israel with the opportunity to give an Israeli child the food they need on Purim with customized Mishloach Manot baskets.
Meir Panim also provides a festive Purim meal as is commanded as well. Meir Panim offers those delectable warm meals to those who need them.
This organization also provides Matanot L’evyonim (charity) – another commandment on the holiday of Purim; Meir Panim gives these impoverished families much-needed money that they can then spend on necessities in addition to providing essential food items.
This means that now can be your chance to participate in the Purim holiday in Israel and feed a hungry child who would like nothing more than to celebrate the holiday just like every other kid in Israel.
And you can do that by contributing to Meir Panim. The money you donate will go towards Matanot L’evyonim and Mishloach Manot.
Every kid in Israel deserves to celebrate Purim on a full stomach. By donating to Meir Panim today, you can make that happen.
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