For thousands of Israeli residents hunger is an ever-present phenomenon. During the last few years, a saddening new phenomenon has risen among the poor in Israel. Needy people no longer ask only for monetary assistance. Rather, they often must resort to asking for basic food products to help feed their hungry children. Not only do they not have the food to eat, many of them also lack a place in which to eat the food. For this reason, Yad Ezrah runs a daily Soup Kitchen. Three meals are served daily in an atmosphere of warmth, friendship and acceptance. For many, the social support is as essential as the actual meal. They feel they have a family; they feel they are cared for.