NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

OECD Report: Israel’s Economy “Remarkably Resilient But Productivity Weak”
JEWISH VOICE - Feb. 3, 2016. ''The Israeli economy and employment rate have been growing consistently for the past 13 years and have been described as 'remarkably resilient,' according to a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). OECD Secretary-General Angel G...

Report: 35% of Food Goes to Waste Each Year
HJAMODIA - Jan. 6, 2016. ''All it would take to eliminate hunger in Israel, a report by the social service organization Leket said Wednesday, would be to save a quarter of the food that goes to waste daily in Israel. According to the report, some 2.5 million tons of food are wasted each year – co...

British Embassy staff volunteer at Israel’s national food bank
JEWISH NEWS ONLINE - Feb. 2, 2016. ''British Embassy staff in Israel helped pack five tons worth of citrus fruits at the national food bank. They volunteered at the logistics centre of Leket in Ra’anana, Israel’s premier food rescue organisation. The five tons of fruits included lemons, tangerine...

Leket volunteers serve to feed Israel's hungry
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE - Jan. 29, 2016. ''When Mindy Liss went to Israel for a week in December for her niece's bat mitzvah, she made sure to spend an afternoon picking oranges.'' Read the full article here:

Wasted Food
Wasted Food
2/1/2016 8:43:00 PM
YATED NE''EMAN - Jan. 27, 2016. ''It happens in almost every home, every restaurant, and every other business: Food products are stored until they become unusable and are then discarded. In the State of Israel, 2.5 million tons of food are lost every year, making up 35 percent of the country’s pr...

Milk & Honey Radio Interview with Lauren Yokèd
WSRQ TALK RADIO - Jan. 24, 2016. Milk and Honey host Jessi Sheslow is joined by Lauren Yokèd of American Friends of Leket Israel and Roz Mazur a volunteer and donor at the Jewish Federation. Listen to the interview here:

New Report Finds Israelis Waste Obscene Amount of Food Each Year
TABLET - Jan. 22, 2016. ''Earlier this month, the global consulting firm BDO completed its first-ever comprehensive survey of food waste in Israel. (Surprisingly for such a gluttonous age as ours, Israel is only the second country, after Australia, to commission such a report.) The results are gr...

Food rescue in Israel can minimize nutritional insecurity gap
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS - Jan. 15, 2016. ''More than 2.5 million tons of edible food, with a market value of NIS8 billion (roughly US$2 billion) is wasted in Israel annually, according to an inaugural report, Food Waste and Rescue in Israel: The Economic, Social and Environmental Impact, rel...

New Study Says Israelis Waste 2.5 Million Tons of Food
JEWISH LINK - Jan. 14, 2016. ''More than 2.5 million tons of edible food, with a market value of NIS 8 billion (roughly $2 billion) is wasted in Israel annually, according to an inaugural report, “Food Waste and Rescue in Israel: The Economic, Social and Environmental Impact,” released Jan. 6 by ...

Israel’s food bank blasts 1.3m tonnes of waste with 2m people below poverty
JEWISH NEWS ONLINE (BRITAIN) - Jan. 11, 2016. ''A first-of-its-kind report for Leket Israel, published last week, revealed that food worth NIS 8 billion (£1.4 billion), equal to 1.6 percent of Israel’s gross domestic product (GDP), is wasted annually. The food required to end food insecurity in I...

The Canadian Jewish News - Israel Updates
CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS - Jan. 9, 2016. ''According to Israel’s national food bank, Leket Israel, Israel throws away a third of its food, costing the Israeli economy NIS 18 billion ($6.5 billion CAD) every year. “There are things that we can do with very minimal effort to rescue food, but we need to...

NGO: Israel chucks away more than a third of its food
TIMES OF ISRAEL - Jan. 7, 2016. ''srael is throwing away approximately 35 percent of the food it produces, to the value of an estimated NIS 18 billion in 2015, according to a report released this week by Leket Israel, the National Food Bank. '' Read the full article here:

Study finds Israel wasted NIS 18b of food in 2015
GLOBES - Jan. 7, 2016. ''Leket Israel, together with BDO Ziv Haft, published Wednesday its inaugural Food Waste and Rescue in Israel report. The report is based on a specialized model which examines food waste in Israel along the entire value chain agriculture, treatment and packaging, industry, ...

$4.5 Billion Of Food in Israel Wasted Each Year, Study Finds
HAARETZ -Jan. 7, 2016. ''Some 18 billion shekels ($4.5 billion) of food goes to waste in Israel every year, equal to 1.6% of GDP. These data come from an analysis by food rescue organization Leket Israel and BDO Consulting. Of this, 14% is wasted in the agricultural process, 7% during packaging, ...

Report: 35% of Israeli food production goes to waste annually
JPOST - Jan. 6, 2016. ''Israel wastes some 2.45 million tons of food annually, constituting 35 percent of overall domestic food production, according to a report released Wednesday by Leket Israel – The National Food Bank. The annual report, “Food waste and rescue in Israel: The Economic, Social ...

US Ambassador Tours New Leket Israel Facility
HAMODIA NEWS - Nov. 26, 2015. ''U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and his wife, Julie Fisher, toured the new Leket Israel facility recently, and received a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of the country's largest food collection and redistribution operations.'' Read the full artic...

Sukkot in Israel
ARIZONA JEWISH POST - Nov. 20, 2015. ''On their first day, Linda, Shelby, Lisa and their eldest granddaughter, Talia, picked beets at Moshav Nahalal for distribution by Leket Israel, the country’s largest food bank/food rescue network...'' Read more here:

Annual Report Paints Grim Picture Of More Than 1.7 Million People Living In Poverty In Israel
VOS IZ NEIAS - Dec. 9, 2015. ''According to the annual report based on data gathered by the Central Bureau of Statistics, in 2014 there were 1,709,300 people, including 444,900 families and 776,500 children living below the poverty line. Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, said, “The government is n...

WDS Partners With Leket Israel to Assist Israeli Poor
THE JEWISH LINK - Dec. 10, 2015. ''Building on one of Westchester Day School’s annual themes of “Why Chesed?” WDS is partnering with Leket Israel, Israel’s national food bank, on a creative and worthwhile project. A representative from Leket Israel visited each of the elementary school classes at...

Annual report paints grim picture of poverty in Israel
JPOST - Dec. 9, 2015. “The government is not trying to solve the poverty crisis. Year after year the NII releases its report and nothing is ever accomplished. Renewing benefits for children is like putting a band aid on a social wound. The gaps in the country continue to widen while the governmen...

Celebrations and Community
WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK - Nov. 24, 2015. ''U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and his wife, Julie Fisher, toured the new Leket Israel facility in Ra’anana on Nov. 19. Leket Israel-The National Food Bank is the country’s leading food rescue nonprofit organization.''

Rank and File: Feeding the Hungry Diplomatically
HAARETZ - Nov. 27, 2015. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and his wife, Julie Fisher, toured the new Leket Israel facility recently, including a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Israel’s largest food collection and redistribution operations. Shapiro was accompanied by Leket Israel fou...

US envoy Dan Shapiro visits Leket Israel’s rebuilt facility
JERUSALEM POST - Nov. 22, 2015. “Take a look at these apples, what’s wrong with them?” Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel said on Thursday. “Nothing, they are perfectly fine and these would all have gone to waste.” Gitler was speaking to US Ambassador Dan Shapiro and his wife Ju...

Leket CEO visits Miami and Boca Raton
SUNSENTINEL - Nov. 16, 2015. As part of a fundraising and awareness trip, Gidi Kroch, chief executive officer of Leket Israel, the Jewish state's national food bank, was recently in South Florida meeting with donors and supporters in Miami and Boca Raton. Read the full article here:

Joseph Gitler interviews with Zev Brenner at Talkline Radio
TALKLINE RADIO - October 14, 2015. Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, interviews on Zev Brenner's Talkline Radio program. Joseph discusses the concept of Leket and how the organization has grown over the past 12 years to develop a complex distribution system for rescuing and prov...

No food is wasted in Israel, thanks to Leket Israel
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS - Oct. 30, 2015. ''Israel Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel visited Leket Israel's new, state-of-the-art logistics center Oct. 15th. Ariel got a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Israel's largest food collection and redistribution facilities and a...

Uri Ariel Tours New Leket Israel Facility In Ra'anana
JEWISH PRESS - Oct. 30, 2015. ''Israel Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel recently visited Leket Israel’s new, state-of-the-art logistics center. Ariel got a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Israel’s largest food collection and redistribution facilities and addressed the orga...

Israel’s Minister of Agriculture Tours State-of-the-Art Leket Israel Facility
JEWISH SCENE - Oct. 20, 2015. ''Israel Minister of Agriculture Uri Ariel visited Leket Israel’s new, state-of-the-art logistics center in Ra’anana, on Oct. 15. Ariel got a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Israel’s largest food collection and redistribution facilities and ad...

Why Are Two Million Israelis Hungry?
JEWISH LINK - October 22, 2015. ''Leket Israel-The National Food Bank, now entering its 13th year of serving Israelis in need, rescues fresh, perishable food that would have otherwise gone to waste and redistributes it to 190 nonprofit organizations serving more than 140,000 people weekly. The fo...

Israeli Non-Profit Conference Emphasizes Christian Fundraising Opportunities
BREAKINGISRAELNEWS - Oct. 22, 2015. ''On Wednesday in Tel Aviv, the Israeli charity organization Israel Gives hosted a large conference for the sizeable non-profit sector in Israel, focusing in part on the importance of reaching out to Christian supporters of Israel. Israel Gives co-founder Jose...

‘No Schnitzel Left Behind’
THE NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK - October 20, 2015. ''Leket Israel has grown from a one-man operation to the country’s largest food rescue organization, with 11 refrigerated trucks, ten other vehicles, a tractor, 100 employees; most of it 60,000 volunteers work in the fields, literally collecting the g...

Kol Israel Radio Interview with Leket Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler
KOL ISRAEL RADIO - Sept. 12, 2015. David Ze'ev of Kol Israel Radio interviews Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler about the food bank's ongoing food rescue and hunger abatement activities. Listen to the interview here:

Why are 2 million Israelis hungry?
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS - October 2, 2015. ''Leket Israel-The National Food Bank, now entering its 13th year of serving Israelis in need, rescues fresh, perishable food that would have otherwise gone to waste and redistributes it to 190 nonprofit organizations serving more than 140,000 peop...

Bat Mitzvah Project includes Volunteering with Leket Israel
WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK - September 2015. ''Alexandra Grace (Ali) Becker, daughter of Mila and Scott Becker, [became] a bat mitzvah Saturday, Sept. 5, at Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County. Her bat mitzvah project focused on fighting hunger.... While in Israel this summer, she volunteered ...

Why People Love Volunteering in Israel
JPOST - Sept. 17, 2015. ''While living in Ra’anana and working in the hi-tech sector, Joseph Gitler began noticing unmet poverty in Israel. From corporate cafeterias to big events, there was a bounty of leftover food that was not reaching the people who needed it most. In 2003, Leket started as a...

Jews take seriously the mitzvah of feeding the poor
THE BOSTON GLOBE - Sept. 8, 2015. In an article about Tzedakah (charity), Jews in Boston hold food drives and collect donations to distribute to a wide variety of hunger alleviation organizations including Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank. Read the full article here:

Leket to participate in the Shabbat Project 2015
JERUSALEM POST - Sept. 12, 2015. ''Then there’s Leket – Israel’s largest food rescue operation – which has called on people all over the country to arrive at its fields (one in the southern Galilee and the other in Rehovot) on the morning of Friday 23 October to pick fruit and vegetables for the...

 Food Justice Interview: Gidi Kroch of Leket Israel
REPAIR THE WORLD - Aug. 12, 2015. ''This fall, Repair the World is building a movement to Inspire Service, focusing on the critical issue of food justice in conjunction with Hunger Action Month. We spoke with Leket’s CEO, Gidi Kroch, about what makes their work so critical, what he finds most c...

Over $50,000 Raised for Leket in Ironman Competition
THE JEWISH LINK - August 27, 2015. ''After committing himself to the event, Rosen decided to tell all his friends to support him, announcing that he will participate in the race in Boulder, Colorado, near his hometown of Denver, and the money would go toward Leket Israel, Israel’s National food ...

Leket Israel in the German Magazine LBW Buiteland
LANDBOU.COM - July 24, 2015. ‘Red’ kos op lande en verlig honger - According to a German magazine feature article, ''Nearly one out of every nine people in the world do not have enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but at the same time a third of the food that farmers produce ends up as ...

Cycle for Unity Puts a New ‘Spin’ on Charitable Fundraising
JEWISHLINK of NJ - July 16, 2015. ''Cycle for Unity is a first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization that aims to encourage adventurous and exercise-conscious young adults and professionals to become excited about giving, learning and connecting to Jewish life through inspirational and challenging c...

Doing the Can-can!
ESRA MAGAZINE - July August 2015. ''It’s a constant challenge for nonprofit organizations to think of new ideas to raise awareness about the work they do. Leket Israel recently found an ingenious way to highlight the importance of food rescue, minimizing food waste and giving back to the communit...

BJF Helps Feed Needy Israelis
BIRMINGHAM JEWISH FEDERATION - June 23, 2015. ''Through The Birmingham Jewish Federation's Israel World-Jewry Bureau allocations process, our organization funds Leket Israel. Leket works to provide unused or wasted food to needy populations in Israel. In addition to the funds The BJF provides L...

Local student benefit concert at Mexicali Live
NORTHJERSEY.COM - June 20, 2015. ''Ben Hyman of Ben’s Guitar is holding his fifth annual benefit concert in support of Leket Israel, a national food bank and food rescue network, at Mexicali Live on Monday. Hyman, a music instructor and the producer of the event, and his junior high and high sch...

‘Helping People Not Just With Money’
THE NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK - June 24, 2015. Simcha celebrations can be particularly meaningful, especially if the family participates in volunteer activities to benefit the poor. ''Leket, the country’s food bank, relies on tens of thousands of volunteers to pick fruits and vegetables among other a...

Apple Picking for a Good Cause
I24 News - June 15, 2015. ''Many of us never think twice before we throw away our leftover food, but some do and make sure those leftovers go to the right places. Such are the people from Leket - an Israeli organization - part of the Global Foodbanking Network. Jonathan Regev joined them to pi...

Local music teacher/philanthropist helps students perform at food-rescue fundraiser
NJ JEWISH STANDARD - June 19, 2015. ''Buy a $25 concert ticket and feed Israel’s needy. That’s the win-win deal on offer at Mexicali Live in Teaneck on Monday, June 22. Two shows that night will spotlight 21 young music students of Ben Hyman of Fort Lee at the same time that it raises money for ...

Ben’s Guitar 5th Annual Benefit Concert to Support Leket Israel—The National Food Bank
JEWISHLINK of NJ - June 18, 2015. ''BensGuitar.com announced that Leket Israel is its chosen charity at its 5th annual benefit concerts. The concerts will take place June 22, at Mexicali Live in Teaneck. “The kids this year have put in a tremendous amount of effort into preparing for this year’s...

NIS 22.5 million worth of food distributed to hungry in Israel by Leket Israel
JERUSALEM POST - June 18, 2015. ''Leket Israel, the country’s largest food-rescue organization, hosted the annual Global FoodBanking Network board meeting in the capital this week...One of the keys to food banking, said the board members, are the volunteers. Leket has tens of thousands of volunt...

MKs: Why Do Markets Destroy Food When People Are Hungry?
ARUTZ SHEVA - June 17, 2015. ''In a world where millions go hungry each day, a shockingly large amount of food is lost - to spoilage, contamination, or 'leftovers.' According to Gidi Kroch, head of the Leket Israel organization, one of Israel's largest organizations to help the needy, IDF bases...

Leket Israel in the Judische Allgemeine
JUDISCHE ALLGEMEINE - May 28, 2015. ''In Israel prepared food may be repurposed to the needy - unlike, say, in Germany. So every night, to be picked up is thousands of leftover dishes from private celebrations such as weddings, Bar and Bat Mizvahs as well as companies by the umbrella organization...

Leket Israel at the Celebrate Israel Parade
NACHUMSEGAL.COM - April 30, 2015. Lauren Yoked, Director of American Friends of Leket Israel, recently joined Miriam Wallach on the radio program ''That's Life'' to discuss the organization's ''Canstruction Exhibition'' in Ra'anana and the organization's participation in the Celebrate Israel Para...

Yes we can: Israeli food-waste charity turns supermarket fare into installation art
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS - May 29, 2015. ''From the wrong angle, it looks like a bunch of unevenly stacked tuna cans, as if someone in the grocery store did a bad job. Look at it from the other direction, and its shape becomes clear: The cans are, in fact, a sculpture of a giant open hand hol...

Preventing Food from Going to Waste
VOICE OF ISRAEL - May 25, 2015. ''Joseph Gitler, chairman and founder of Leket Israel, joins VOI's Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel to talk about his organization's successful mission to conserve and distribute food in Israel, so that it does not go to waste.'' Listen to the full interview here:

Greenwich Teens Raise Money to Help End Childhood Hunger
GREENWICH PATCH - May 22, 2015. ''At the start of the year, local Greenwich middle and high school students embarked on a philanthropy project at JCC Greenwich to help raise money to end childhood hunger. To raise funds for this important cause, they built their own fundraising websites, designed...

Fighting for food and clothing
WASHINGTON JEWISH WEEK -May 20, 2015. “In the world of dwindling resources and a growing population, the mission to provide food for all people has become one of the major challenges of humanity,” State Comptroller Joseph Shapira said. The report also said that food loss has social, environmental...

Yes we can, can, can
INTERMOUNTAIN JEWISH NEWS -May 13, 2015. Everyone understands cans,” said Leket founder Joseph Gitler, who added that the exhibit’s goal is to raise awareness of food waste. “It’s a basic necessity, it’s cheaper often than fresh produce. We wanted something where we could bring in creative people...

Israeli food-waste charity turns supermarket fare into installation art
CHICAGO JEWISH NEWS - May 14, 2015. ''From the wrong angle, it looks like a bunch of unevenly stacked tuna cans, as if someone in the grocery store did a bad job. Look at it from the other direction, and its shape becomes clear: The cans are, in fact, a sculpture of a giant open hand holding a...

Yes We Can: Israeli Food-Waste Charity Turns Supermarket Fare Into Installation Art
JEWISH EXPONENT - May 7, 2015. ''From the wrong angle, it looks like a bunch of unevenly stacked tuna cans, as if someone in the grocery store did a bad job. Look at it from the other direction, and its shape becomes clear: The cans are, in fact, a sculpture of a giant open hand holding a bag of ...

Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel on THENATIVESOCIETY
THENATIVESOCIETY - May 5, 2015. ''Leket Israel’s role is to rescue food before it goes to waste and to redistribute it to those who need it. After moving to Israel, I saw this food waste firsthand at events I would attend and the rest is history.'' Read the full interview with Joseph Gitler here: