American Friends of Meir Panim (AFMP) was established to promote, support and further activities which are committed to providing both immediate and long-term relief to the impoverished – young and old alike – via a dynamic range of food and social service programs, all aimed at helping the needy with dignity and respect.
For the last decade, tens of thousands of disadvantaged men, women, and children – including Holocaust survivors – have turned to Meir Panim as their source of hope for a brighter future. Meir Panim’s unwavering commitment to the people of Israel has helped bring lasting relief to the poor, encouragement for the less fortunate, new opportunities for struggling families, and hope for children-at-risk.
According to the latest poverty report from the National Insurance Institute in December 2017, there are 1.8 million people living below the poverty line in Israel; among them are 800,000 innocent children! Two out of every five Israeli children are suffering from hunger, and one in five elderly Israelis are in need of immediate assistance.
The food and social service programs funded by American Friends of Meir Panim help to alleviate the harmful effects of poverty in the short term, while also providing long-term, proactive solutions to assist needy Israelis to break out of the cycle of poverty and become active, self-sufficient members of Israeli society.