NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

Leket CEO: Government must plan for food rescue
JERUSALEM POST - April 28, 2016. ''Currently, there is no government program for food rescue, Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel – the National Food Bank, said ahead of Passover. Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Kroch discussed poverty, and food waste and food rescue, and the need to formulate a nati...

Aid organizations rally to help the needy on Passover
JERUSALEM POST - April 21, 2016. Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, will distribute some 1,500 tons of food in time for the holiday to feed 44,000 families in need. ''What makes Leket Israel deliveries so special is that all the food that we are distributing is rescued by our teams of volunte...

The 10 Plagues of Passover Food Waste
TIMES OF ISRAEL - April 22, 2016. ''Food is a central component to the holiday whether it be through the festive meals, symbolic foods on the seder plate, and of course, the strict dietary restrictions on chametz. With all this excess food, often comes lots of waste. It is very important for each...

US Ambassador to Israel Tours ''Leket'' Food Rescue & Distribution Facility in Ra'anana
JEWISH POST - December 2015. ''Ra''anana, Israel - US 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, considered to ...

Not Just Another Party
Not Just Another Party
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…a Bat Mitzvah with Meaning

Who are Leket’s 52,000 Annual Volunteers?
Are they adults? Teens? From Israel? From abroad?

An Inspiring Leket Israel Volunteer
Alex, a devoted volunteer, overcomes his daily challenges to volunteer regularly at Leket’s northern logistics center to give back to those in need

President Rivlin joins staff of the President's Office in making food packages for families in need at Passover with 'Leket'
President Rivlin said: ''It's not charity, it is our duty as a nation''

Leket Founder wins top Israeli prize
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE - April 1, 2016. ''TEL AVIV, Israel – The nation’s food bank, Leket Israel’s founder and Chairman Joseph Gitler, was awarded the Yigal Alon Prize for his work in the campaign against hunger in Israel. The Yigal Alon Prize is bestowed by the Palmach Generation Organization to ...

Former resident receives prize
TEANECK SUBURBANITE - March 24, 2016. ''Joseph Gitler, formerly of Teaneck, was awarded the Yigal Alon prize for his significant impact against hunger in Israel March 9. In 2003, a few short years after immigrating to Israel, Gitler saw the strife that hunger brought to his neighbors while so m...

White Plains Ironman Honored by Israel Food Rescue Nonprofit
WESTCHESTER COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL - March 14, 2016. ''American Friends of Leket Israel, The National Food Bank honored Jason Rosen of White Plains at its third annual U.S. Gala on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Rosen was honored for his 2015 participation in the Ironman Triathol...

Purim Gifts to Feed Israel’s Hungry
FORWARD - March 23, 2016. ''Forward Editor-in-Chief Jane Eisner sent me an email a while back, asking if I had any interest in covering an Israeli not-for-profit called Leket Israel, the country’s largest food bank and food-rescue network. She had gotten word that its founder, Joseph Gitler, was ...

Leket Israel Offers Unique Purim Greeting Opportunity
JEWISH LINK OF NJ- March 17, 2016. ''Ra’anana, Israel—Purim is coming, and in addition to reading the Book of Esther, dressing in costumes and eating a sumptuous meal, Purim wouldn’t be Purim without sending greetings, gifts and giving charity to the poor. Leket Israel, the country’s largest foo...

Funny looking fruit is no laughing matter
THE JEWISH ADVOCATE - March 18, 2016. ''RA’ANANA, Israel – Leket Israel, the country’s largest food bank and leading food rescue network, offers Americans a way to fulfill the traditional Purim obligations of sending greetings, gifts and giving charity to the poor: buying ugly fruit greeting car...

Tzedaka tourists learn to ‘repair the world’
NEW JERSEY JEWISH NEWS - March 16, 2016. ''The first stop [of the Tikkun Olam Tour] was Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ headquarters on the Aidekman campus in Whippany, where participants were introduced to Leket, Israel’s largest food bank and food rescue network. After learning about...

Importance of Food Rescue Recognized as Leket Israel Founder Honored with the Prestigious Yigal Alon Prize
YESHIVA WOLRD NEWS - March 16, 2016. ''The nation’s food bank, Leket Israel’s Founder and Chairman Joseph Gitler, was awarded the country’s prestigious Yigal Alon Prize for his significant impact in the campaign against hunger in Israel. The Yigal Alon Prize is bestowed by the Palmach Generatio...

Israeli Lawmakers Push Bill To Save Food For the Needy
THE JEWISH VOICE - March 16, 2016. ''A bill designed to reduce the waste of food passed a preliminary reading on Wednesday, March 9. Leket CEO Gidi Kroch told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) that $4.5 billion worth of food is wasted each year in Israel. He praised new Israeli efforts therefore, which...

New York Gala will honor 15-Year Old Social Activist from Englewood
AMERICAN TOWNS (ENGLEWOOD NEW JERSEY) - March 7, 2016. ''NEW YORK – American Friends of Leket Israel, the national food bank, will honor Jason Rosen of White Plains, NY, and Sam Goldberg of Englewood, NJ, at its upcoming Third Annual U.S. Gala on Mar. 7th at 6:30 PM at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Ro...

Importance of Food Rescue Recognized as Leket Israel Founder Honored with Prestigious Yigal Alon Prize
5TOWNS JEWISH TIMES - March 16, 2016. ''TEL AVIV, Israel – The nation’s food bank, Leket Israel’s Founder and Chairman Joseph Gitler, was awarded the country’s prestigious Yigal Alon Prize for his significant impact in the campaign against hunger in Israel.'' Read the full article here:

Women's Giving Circle helps hundreds
JEWISH NEWS OF SARASOTA-MANATEE - March 2016. ''On Thursday, Jan. 21, 58 women gathered at the home of Helene Davis to learn more about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee's Women's Giving Circle, which provides grants to organizations helping women and children in need throughout Israel. ...

Tikkun Olam Tour highlights Leket Israel
JEWISH LINK OF NEW JERSEY - March 10, 2016. ''On Sunday, February 28, The Tikkun Olam Tour brought together over 40 members of Montclair Jewish Workshop (MJW), a cooperative of parents who provide their children with an understanding of Jewish culture and values through secular education. The tou...

Israel’s first Food Donation Act passes preliminary Knesset vote
JERUSALEM POST - Mar. 10, 2016. ''All citizens of Israel should have the right to eat food with the highest level of safety standards, whether they are needy or not, Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel –the National Food Bank said on Thursday. Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Kroch discussed the impac...

Help feed Israel's needy with a Purim greeting card
HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS - March 11, 2016. ''Purim is coming and in addition to reading the Book of Esther, dressing in costumes, and eating a sumptuous meal, Purim wouldn’t be Purim without sending greetings, gifts and giving charity to the poor. Leket Israel, the country’s largest food ba...

Ironman Athlete to be honored at Leket Israel's March 7 Gala in NYC
INTERMOUNTAIN JEWISH NEWS - February 26, 2016. ''Jason Rosen, who donated proceeds from the Ironman Triathlon in Boulder to Leket Israel, will be honored at the organization's March 7 gala in NYC. Sam Goldberg, who gave all proceeds from an album he made with a friend to Leket, alsoo will be rec...

Leket Israel to Honor Ironman Athlete and Frisch Student Activist at U.S. Gala
JEWISH LINK OF NEW JERSEY - Feb. 18, 2016. ''American Friends of Leket Israel, the national food bank, will honor Jason Rosen of White Plains, NY, and Sam Goldberg of Englewood, NJ, at its upcoming Third Annual U.S. Gala on Mar. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Rosen is being feted for h...

Running Lean Versus Starving a Startup
GTM - Feb. 8, 2016. ''Leket Israel gathers tens of millions of pounds of food that would otherwise be wasted, and redistributes it within the country to people in need. It started out with the founder gathering up food himself in his car's trunk and storing it in his own home's garage. But over ...

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
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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 ...