ROME (JTA) – Chabad in Milan is preparing to launch what is said to be the first kosher soup kitchen in Italy.
Sponsored by the Milan branch of Chabad’s educational organization, Merkos l’Inyonei Chinuch, the operation is expected to begin at the end of the summer, according to an announcement on Friday.
The initiative will be a canteen in the Merkos school providing free take-away meals to the needy. The canteen will be aimed at needy Jews but also will serve non-Jews in need.
“The big difference that will make the Merkos canteen unique in respect to other similar initiatives in Italy and Milan will be that it will be kosher,” the statement said.
Similar Merkos projects are under way in Australia and Brazil, according to Chabad.
A benefit to support the project will be held June 17 at Milan’s Vetra Theatre and feature the Jewish singer Raiz, front man of a noted Italian rock group.