About

3 TONS OF
FOOD IN A
NUTSHELL

Poverty is not a choice. Chesed is. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov puts the pride of its recipients above all else. With discretion and sensitivity, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov provides impoverished Israeli families with food for every day, Shabbos and Yomim Tovim. In addition, services have expanded to help widows and orphans celebrate their simchas with dignity. If a Yid is hungry, we feed them, no matter their traditions, ethnicity or beliefs. Oneg Shabos V’Yom Tov is here to ensure that every child can go to sleep smiling, and every parent can put their child to sleep with peace in their heart.

462 VOLUNTEERS

212VENDORS

$8,000,000ANNUAL BUDGET

138APPLICATIONS DAILY

WHAT'S
IN A BOX

Every year, over 356,034 boxes of food are distributed. Each box is filled with more than just food. It’s filled with empathy, and an understanding of what it means to have to rely on others for basic sustenance.

THE
MAKING OF
A FOUNDER

Rabbi Ephraim Stern has become a household name in the streets of Eretz Yisroel. From Meah Shearim to Ashdod, the Satmar Chassid is beloved among communities of all kinds. Yet this empire of chesed has been a long time in the making. Brick by brick, Rabbi Ephraim slowly expanded Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov to the powerhouse it is today.

  • 1974

    Young Ephraim attends a daily shiur at the home of one of a renowned Yerushalayim Rosh Yeshivah. He notices that the Rebbetzin keeps the food in iceboxes because they had no refrigerator. Ephraim collects money, purchases a refrigerator and brings it to the Rosh Yeshivah’s home saying that someone asked him to drop it off here

  • As a newly married kollel avreich, R’ Ephraim watches a neighbor ask his father for the food that was in his grocery box. R’ Ephraim feels sorry for the family and places an order of $200 and delivers it to their door. A month later, the father tells him, “Thank you R’ Ephraim! We’re still eating from the food you sent us!” R’ Ephraim starts to purchase and pack packages that he distributes in his neighborhood.

    1979
  • 1985

    The small list of 25 families expands to a list of over 300 families, and R’ Ephraim hunts for a warehouse where the organization can operate from. The Pesach Distribution grows with every passing year.

  • As the need grows, R’ Ephraim expands the Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov services to feed orphaned or single parent families on a weekly basis.

    1993
  • 1998

    R’ Ephraim urges the Mashgichim of Isreali hechsherim to set up their Beis Hashchitas in South America and Poland. Within a few years all heimishe companies moved their operations oversees which brought down the cost of meat for the consumer with 40%!

  • Families ask R’ Ephraim to help them during the Yomim Noraim. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov launches the first Succos Chalukeh that feeds over 4,500 families! R’ Yitzchok Tovye Weiss leaves him home on Chol Hamoed to help R’ Ephraim collect money to cover the cost of the distribution.

    2002
  • 2010

    At the urging of R’ Yaakov Meir Shechter, R’ Ephraim arranges the first Mamed Tefillah where Gedolei Hador daven on behalf of the donors at the site of the Pesach Distribution!

KINDNESS
KNOWS NO
LIMITS

From its humble beginnings in Meah Shearim, Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov has expanded to service over 42 cities.

A Box of Quality

Before signing a purchase order, R’ Ephraim Stern will personally go down to a farm or plant and inspect the vendor’s product. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov wants to ensure that recipients receive the best and don’t feel like they’re getting second-class products.

A box of Abundance

Families who live in poverty are used to fighting over the last slice or the best piece. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov sends plenty to each family. No more bickering or hovering over basic foods, these families can enjoy meals in harmony.

A Box of Smiles

A full stomach is a full heart. The effects of a smiling child is far reaching. Families have shared how their children have improved academically and socially once their hunger has subsided.

A Box of Peace

Breadwinners who keep worrying whether they will be able to purchase bread cannot put their best effort into looking for gainful employment or succeeding at work. Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov provides parents with the comforting knowledge that they will have food for their children. Reports show that over 20% of recipients have been able to provide for themselves and no longer needed help after only one year of service.