Flatbush soup kitchen distributes food packages for Hanukkah

A Flatbush soup kitchen is handing out hundreds of emergency food packages Friday, making sure those in need can celebrate Hanukkah on its sixth day.



Before 7 a.m. people filled the streets, waiting for bags of food from Masbia of Flatbush.



Potatoes, eggs and oil are the three main ingredients needed for families to make a traditional latke. Oil -- a key ingredient in latkes -- is symbolic of the oil that burned for eight days that marks the Hanukkah holiday.



Volunteers say the soup kitchen is serving over 500 families Friday alone.



The emergency food bags contain other kosher meal staples and fresh produce. Volunteers say they're happy that hundreds won't go hungry as they enter the new year.


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