Masbia is a soup kitchen operating out of several locations in New York City. What makes this organization so special is that all of their locations look like restaurants. The biggest notable difference is that there are no cash registers. Guests are welcome to come in and dine on a freshly prepared, nutritious meal without any of the negative feelings that often come with eating in a soup kitchen.
Masbi's executive director Alexander Rapaport, started the kitchen with the idea that all people needed to be treated with dignity, regardless of where they are in life. Masbia's chef, Rubin Diaz, starts every morning by looking over the donations that were provided, and creating the daily menu around those donations. Every day they serve an average of 500 meals.
Masbia is able to operate thanks to the gifts of private donors, local restaurants, and area farms and CSAs. They need approximately $2 million per year in order to keep up and running. Other than a few cooks on the payroll, the operation is staffed mainly by volunteers.
Masbia is a great example of how nutritious meals can be provided to low income people, and help them enjoy the health benefits that come from proper nutrition.