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About Us

Hot Pot Meal is a non-profit organization, founded by Lara Mhanna in March 2017, aimed at creating social change through acts of compassion- in short, providing freshly cooked nutritious meals to the most vulnerable Lebanese.

The alarming socio-economic situation has put ever more Lebanese under the poverty line with no access to quality food. Hot Pot Meal focuses on providing customized free of charge hot meals, to a network of active social associations in desperate need to feed their beneficiaries. Those in turn distribute them to low-income families, regardless of religion, gender, race or political affiliation.

Why Customized Meals? We love to offer the less fortunate meals that they like. We listen to what they want and try our best to share with them this simple yet meaningful pleasure.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a warm meal to underprivileged Lebanese who are either unable to cook at home or want to be part of a broader community by visiting daily soup kitchens.

We make sure our meals are nutritious, healthy and in adherence to strict health & safety standards.

Hot Pot Meal strives to put a smile on the faces of underprivileged individuals and family members, by innovating in providing them with fresh dishes, made to their choice giving those people a small joy.

Our Scope of work

Lebanon is maimed by the impact of multiple shocks which have exhausted its economy and caused a dreadful increase in its headcount poverty rate. Estimates reveal that more than 55% of the Lebanese population is trapped in poverty and struggling for bare necessities.

Hot Pot Meal is at the forefront of the response and supports the right to food by tackling hunger through the distribution of free meals to economically challenged segments of the population in Beirut and its suburbs.

We also established a fully-equipped central kitchen in the heart of Baalbek dedicated to the preparation of fresh hot meals that get distributed door-to-door to those living in extreme poverty with an ultimate aim to improve living standards in the district.

The quality and safety of our meals is top priority. We select safe, high quality raw materials and ensure they always comply with health and safety regulations.

How Many

Hot Pot Meal has offered over 52,160 meals to 1,260 beneficiaries between 2017 and 2020. Our next target is to provide 46,800 hot meals per year. As we work towards our larger mission to reach 98,960 meals, which will be distributed throughout Beirut, Metn and also in remote rural areas, by the end of the 2021

Our Vision

We work with partnering non-profit organizations to identify beneficiaries and create social solidarity movement to help alleviate hunger in Lebanon. Our collaborations are always built upon principles and values and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing the underprivileged at the center.

We highly value the feedback we receive from our partners and community, which keeps us going through all kinds of circumstances and constantly empowers us to serve the community.