Fresh Food for Families Coping with Sickness
At Ezrat Achim we are aware that fresh and nutritious food is a necessity for individuals and families coping with illness. Eating proper meals is what gives them the energy and physical stamina to continue caring for themselves and their loved ones. Our current Meal Distribution System primarily relies upon local volunteers, who cook fresh food every day in their own homes, for the benefit of families who are dealing with a medical emergency, serious illness or hospitalization of a family member. The food is collected by the organization’s volunteers and distributed to the families’ homes on a daily basis. Meals are also distributed for Shabbat and holidays.
As the need has grown, at times there has been more demand than can be met by our network of home cooks and we have recruited additional volunteers to help prepare meals in a local commercial kitchen in order that we don’t have to turn anyone away. Although, we do not have a proper, dedicated kitchen to use at this time, we have already received a piece of land from the Bet Shemesh municipality and are seeking sponsors who can help cover the costs of the kitchen, so that we can provide meals for all those who need them.
Starting in March, 2020 Ezrat Achim began sending meals to local families who have to remain in home isolation, due to Covid-19. Some of them are in isolation just as a precaution (such as having just returned from abroad or having been in close proximity to someone later diagnosed) and others have had a family member (or in several cases as many as six family members simultaneously!) suffering from the effects of the virus. Ezrat Achim has “stepped up to the plate” and sends daily cooked meals to these families during the acute phase of their illness.