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NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

725,000 Israelis Define Themselves as Poor, Poverty Group Laments ‘Very Stark Increase’
ALGEMEINER - Oct. 24, 2014. “What we’ve see in the last few years is a very, very stark increase in the number of working poor,” according to Deena Fiedler of Leket, a decade-old umbrella organization which serves as as the nation’s largest food bank and food rescue service. The organization work...

In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds
THE CHRISTIAN CENTURY - Oct. 1, 2014. ''The start of the sabbatical-year prohibitions, which include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land, coincided with the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that began this year on Sept. 24. Produce planted before the s...

Former Teaneck Resident to be Honored in New York for His Work Serving Israel's Needy
THE JEWISH LINK - Oct. 23, 2014. ''Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, will be honored for his leadership on Saturday night, November 8, 2014 in New York City at the American Friends of Leket Israel gala dinner benefit...

10 Top Ways to Green Your Visit to Israel
THE JEWISH VOICE - October 8, 2014. One way to ''green'' your visit to Israel is by gleaning crops with Project Leket. Founded in 2005, Project Leket sends tens of thousands of Israeli and overseas volunteers, and dozens of paid pickers, into Israeli fields and orchards to gather produce donated ...

Leket Israel on Voice of Israel
VOICE OF ISRAEL - Oct. 8, 2014. ''Joseph Gitler, the Founder and Director of Leket - Israel's Food Bank, says that while there exists the perception that the 'holidays' are the perfect time to help feed the hungry in Israel, his organization adamantly stresses that assistance is needed all year r...

The Second-Annual Bonei Zion Prize
ARUTZ SHEVA - Oct. 12, 2014. ''Joseph Gitler, founder & chairman of Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, had to find a solution for the lack of food coupled with an increase in demand this summer, due to Operation Protective Edge. The organization decided to ...

Leket Israel on JPost's Grapevine
JPOST GRAPEVINE - July 31, 2014. Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman, joined Leket Israel founder and chairman Joseph Gitler at Leket’s annual Succot event at which families come together to pick vegetables for distribution to the needy. This week, Leket Israel hosted two simultaneous events; in fields outs...

10 top ways to green your visit to Israel
ISRAEL 21c - October 8, 2014. One way to ''green'' your visit to Israel is by gleaning crops with Project Leket. Founded in 2005, Project Leket sends tens of thousands of Israeli and overseas volunteers, and dozens of paid pickers, into Israeli fields and orchards to gather produce donated or l...

In Israel, growing crops under biblical land laws
USA TODAY - Oct. 2, 2014. ''...this Jewish New Year, 5775, is a sabbatical year, when, according to the Bible, the land of Israel is supposed to lie fallow. Called a shmita year in Hebrew, the sabbatical is intended to allow the poor to reap whatever may still be growing on the land ''so that the...

In Israel, Biblical Land-Use Laws Call For Creative Workarounds
THE NY JEWISH WEEK - Oct. 1, 2014. ''The start of the sabbatical-year prohibitions, which include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land, coincided with the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that began this year on Sept. 24. Produce planted before the shmi...

Second Annual Bonei Zion Application
NEFESH B'NEFESH -Oct. 2014. ''Joseph Gitler, founder & chairman of Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, had to find a solution for the lack of food coupled with an increase in demand this summer, due to Operation Protective Edge. The organization decided to d...

IFCJ providing nearly $3 million in holiday aid to Israelis
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY (JTA) - Sept. 24, 2014. ''In advance of Rosh Hashanah, Leket Israel distributed 1,200 food packages, including nonperishables and fresh chickens to families in the southern Israeli cities of Ashdod, Ofakim, Netivot, Sderot and Ashkelon. The food was purchased from a vend...

In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds
THE WASHINGTON POST - Sept. 30, 2014. ''The start of the sabbatical-year prohibitions, which include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land, coincided with the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that began this year on Sept. 24. Produce planted before the s...

Charitable networks address global food insecurity
JERUSALEM POST - Sept. 29, 2014. Jeff Klein, president and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) arrived in Israel ahead of the holidays to deliver a keynote speech at Leket Israel – the National Food Bank session on food waste at the annual conference for the Israel Society of Ecology and...

Rabbi volunteers in Israel’s battered South (with Leket Israel)
NEW JERSEY JEWISH NEWS - Sept. 22, 2014. Rabbi Bennet Miller, senior rabbi at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, was in Israel in early August to show solidarity with residents of the embattled south. Miller picked celery, eggplant, and onions on a Be’er Sheva farm as a volunteer for...

  	  'We don't have food for the holiday'
YNET - Sept. 18, 2014. According to Pini Fefer, Relations Director at Leket, ''We hear more and more about the working poor who turn to charity and we can see now the late effects of last year's budget cuts.'' Fefer also said that, ''The fighting in the south then needs to be added on top of th...

Supporting Israel Is Only Natural
JERUSALEM POST Blog - Sept. 11, 2014. ''This week, I’ve come down to earth, so to speak, to highlight some of Israel’s natural remedies and activities that benefit humanity by making best use of the natural environment...Israel’s food bank Leket Israel has tripled its donations and reduced natura...

As Rosh Hashanah nears, requests for aid surge among impoverished
YNET NEWS - Sept. 11, 2014. ''During every week of last month, [Leket Israel] provided various amounts of food to some 168,000 in need - an increase of 20% in the number of packages given out during the same period last year. The reasons for increasing demands are varied, but charities are pointi...

Teens Visit Israel to Give Back Through NCSY Program
SHALOMLIFE - Aug. 13, 2014. ''As Operation Protective Edge intensified in Gaza, teens on summer in Israel programs organized by NCSY, the international youth movement of the Orthodox Union, gave back and expanded their horizons. They lent their support to Israeli residents in the south...and the...

GIVE participants volunteer with Leket
BALTIMORE JEWISH LIFE - Aug.14, 2014. Among a variety of charitable volunteer activities, participants from an NCSY Summer in Israel sponsored program called GIVE (Girls Israel Volunteer Experience), volunteered with Leket Israel - Israel's National Food Bank. Read the full article here:

Grapevine: Leket Israel HQ suffers fire, but work continues
JPOST GRAPEVINE - August 28, 2014. ''Firefighters spent two hours putting out the blaze at Israel’s main logistics center in Ra’anana caused by an electrical short...According to Leket founder and chairman Joseph Gitler, evidence suggests the fire was caused by an electrical short; thankfully, n...

Israelis care for soldiers and families
ISRAEL MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Aug 7, 2014. ''From across Israel, groups of individuals and NGOs are providing support, assistance and supplies to troops, their families and residents of the south...The national food bank Leket Israel has developed a unique model, working hand in hand with...

Leket provides food
HAARETZ (Rank & File) - Aug. 8, 2014. ''Leket Israel on Sunday delivered food products valued at hundreds of thousands of shekels to 30 nonprofit agencies in the South. The food bank, founded by Teaneck, New Jersey native Joseph Gitler, was aiming to provide the needy with necessary items and to ...

Amid Gaza-Israel conflict, some tales to warm the heart
TIMES OF ISRAEL - August 8, 2014. ''Leket Israel-The National Food Bank purchased hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of food products from vendors in southern Israel hard hit by the conflict and delivered the goods to people living in communities surrounding Gaza. While providing the needy w...

Amid strife of Gaza-Israel conflict, some tales to warm the heart
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - August 7, 2014. ''Leket Israel-The National Food Bank purchased hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of food products from vendors in southern Israel hard hit by the conflict and delivered the goods to people living in communities surrounding Gaza. While providing th...

Poverty on the Rise
SAN DIEGO JEWISH JOURNAL - August 2014. ''In late June, the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) reported that Israel’s Committee to Fight Poverty recommended the country double its funding for programs that combat the growing issues related to an increase in poverty. The 50-member committee recommended...

They Made Aliyah, and made a difference
JPOST (THE JERUSALEM REPORT) - August 5, 2014. ''When Joseph Gitler made aliyah in 2000, he held a law degree from Fordham University in New York and started working at a family software business. He never dreamed that he would found Israel’s first National Food Bank, Leket, and turn it into Isra...

Leket Israel purchases food products from vendors in South to deliver to needy
JERUSALEM POST - August 5, 2014. ''Leket Israel – the National Food Bank purchased hundreds of thousands of shekels worth of food products this week from vendors in the South and delivered the goods to the needy through some 30 charities operating in communities surrounding Gaza. The goal was to ...

Surplus of Support
JERUSALEM POST MAGAZINE - July 31, 2014. ''Leket Israel, the national food bank, has been in communication with the army to rescue food that would otherwise be thrown out, in addition to its normal activities of food rescue. ''We've collected, until now, 220,000 fresh rolls due to changes of wha...

Leket Israel on JPost's Grapevine
JPOST GRAPEVINE - July 31, 2014. [Contributing to relief efforts in the south] ''Leket Israel, working in close cooperation with 30 IDF bases, has rescued tens of thousands of kilograms of food for distribution to the needy; [and] with the assistance of 360 volunteers, it over the past week provi...

Southern Israel’s Needy Face Food Shortage as Rockets Rain on South
MATZAV.COM - July 25, 2014. ''As Gaza rockets continue to strike southern Israel, the region’s lower-socioeconomic sectors are suffering even more with the current conditions. According to Israel’s National Food Bank, the country’s main food rescue network known as Leket Israel, the situation of ...

Israel Radio interview with Leket Israel's Paul Leiba
ISRAEL RADIO (Radio Interview) - July 21, 2014. David Ze'ev interviews Paul Leiba of Leket Israel (Israel's National food Bank) about its food rescue and provision work. Paul describes Leket Israel's recent intensive cooperation with the IDF - especially in the south where the organization resc...

Israel’s southern poor suffering food shortages
SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD - July 24, 2014. ''According to Israel’s National Food Bank, the country’s main food rescue network known as Leket Israel, the situation of southern Israel’s needy has become worse since the war began, with requests for food packages from the south flooding the country’s la...

Southern Israel’s Needy Face Food Shortage as Rockets Rain on South
THE ALGEMEINER - July 25, 2014. ''As Gaza rockets continue to strike southern Israel, the region’s lower-socioeconomic sectors are suffering even more with the current conditions.'' Read on to learn more about what Leket Israel is doing to help alleviate the situation for Israel's southern resid...

Requests from food banks surge 30%
YJNews - July 2014. ''As Gaza rockets continue to strike southern Israel, the region’s lower-socioeconomic sectors are suffering even more with the current conditions. According to Israel’s National Food Bank...known as Leket Israel, the situation of southern Israel’s needy has become worse since...

A Twitter-spurred care package
TIMES OF ISRAEL (START-UP ISRAEL) July 22, 2014. Volunteers on the home front mobilize to get food and treats to soldiers, and help the beleaguered south. Many initiatives have been organized over the last ten days, including the assembly by Leket Israel volunteers of 600+ food packages for thos...

Giving your leftovers to charity
JEWISH JOURNAL - July 17, 2014. ''Anybody who has grown up in a Jewish home and attended key family functions, from bar mitzvahs to weddings, knows that the food served during celebration is the life of the party. It’s comforting to know, though, that meals created to celebrate life also can hel...

 Fighting fear under fire with acts of kindness
ISRAEL21c - On July 20, volunteers at Leket Israel’s logistics center packed hundreds of food parcels for needy families in the South. The leading food-rescue organization will distribute the packages to NPOs in Sderot, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Netivot and Ofakim. In these difficult times, Leket Israel ...

Food for the soul and the stomach
JPOST GRAPEVINE - July 10, 2014. In a feature article, JPost Correspondent, Greer Fay Cashman, writes about the ongoing and vital assistance Leket Israel is providing to help alleviate the plight of the poor - especially now, and especially in the south, where a large part of the population is li...

Chicago 8th Graders Explore Israel
JUF News Express - Feb. 2014. ''180 local Jewish eighth graders arrived in Israel this week for the Taam Yisrael (Taste of Israel) trip, a program of JUFs Community Foundation for Jewish Education.'' Included during the trip was a stop to glean with Leket Israel. Read more here:

Virtual food basket site triples donations to hungry
TIMES OF ISRAEL - July 4, 2014. ''A new interactive website has tripled the online donations to an Israeli charitable group—and that translates into much more food for the hungry. Leket Israel, in business since 2003, is one of the country’s largest food bank networks, supplying and supplementing...

Committee recommendations to fight poverty to cost some NIS 6 billion
KOSHERPRESS.COM - June 23, 2014. ''The Committee to Fight Poverty released their long awaited recommendations to combat poverty in Israel on Monday, with an estimated cost of some NIS 6 billion..Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, a national food bank, commended the committee for the report and for ...

Poverty fight in Israel needs $1.7 billion a year, committee says
JEWISH JOURNAL (JTA) - June 23, 2014. ''Israel should double supplementary assistance and increase support to the elderly, the nation’s Committee to Fight Poverty recommended...The fight against poverty would need 6 billion shekels, or more than $1.7 billion, per year, the committee said...Leket ...

Committee to Fight Poverty Makes $1.7 Billion Recommendation
HAMODIA - June 24, 2014. ''Israel’s Committee to Fight Poverty struck its blow with recommendations on the order of 6 billion shekels, or more than $1.7 billion, per year, according to media reports. Leket Israel CEO Gidi Kroch commended the committee members “for their social courage to publish ...

Poverty fight in Israel needs $1.7 billion a year
START-UP ISRAEL - June 23, 2014. ''Israel should double supplementary assistance and increase support to the elderly, the nation’s Committee to Fight Poverty recommended. The 50-member committee made its recommendations public on Monday. The fight against poverty would need 6 billion shekels, or...

Poverty fight in Israel needs $1.7 billion a year, committee says
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - June 23, 2014. ''Israel should double supplementary assistance and increase support to the elderly, the nation’s Committee to Fight Poverty recommended...The fight against poverty would need 6 billion shekels, or more than $1.7 billion, per year, the committee said...L...

 Alalouf: Reducing poverty is ‘absolute responsibility’ of the government
JERUSALEM POST - June 23, 2014. The Committee to Fight Poverty recently released its long awaited recommendations for combating poverty in Israel on a national scale. Among its recommendations, the committee called to reduce the poverty rates by 40% to reach the OECD average of 11% within 10 yea...

Jewish Food Justice Fellows from California visit Leket Israel
ISRAEL 21c - June 12, 2014. Seven Jewish Food Justice Fellows from California’s Leichtag Foundation toured Israel from April 30 to May 18, discovering little-known Israeli initiatives they can share back home. One of the group's stops included a visit to Leket, Israel’s gleaning and food pantry n...

King David pupils make a meal of helping out
THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE - June 9, 2014. ''A fundraising drive by Manchester King David pupils has raised enough to provide lunch for a year for 150 impoverished Israeli children. Year nine pupils in Israel last week as part of the school’s annual visit also helped the Leket charity to distrib...

Bergen County Bar Mitzvah Boys Use Music To Raise Money For Israel’s Hungry
VOS IZ NEIAS - June 2, 2014. Two New Jersey middle school students embarked on a unique project this year, turning their own Bar Mitzvah celebrations into a fundraiser to collect money for an Israeli food bank. Sam Goldberg and Joshua Levine recorded an album, with all proceeds going to benefit L...

Teen Heroes Help Feed Israel's Hungry
HERITAGE FL JEWISH NEWS - June 13, 2014. Sam Goldberg & Joshua Levine, both 7th graders at The Moriah School in Englewood, NJ, spent a collective 75 hrs in a local studio to record an album they titled “Tikun Olam.” The goal, they said, was to raise money for Leket Israel, The National Food Bank....

Knesset Press Release: Bonei Zion Recipients
May 18, 2014. Nefesh B’Nefesh presents `Bonei Zion` award to English-speaking immigrants (including Leket Israel Founder - Joseph Gitler); Knesset speaker: ”Their contribution to Israel is invaluable...” Read the full press release here:

Podcast: Joseph Gitler on Leket Israel
PODCAST - June 11, 2014. Join Philip L. Stein and Joseph Gitler, chairman and founder of Leket Israel (The Jerusalem Post recently named Joseph one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world) discuss the country’s largest food bank and food rescue network working to alleviate the problem of nut...

Leket Israel Founder, Joseph Gitler, included among The Jerusalem Post's' top 50 most influential Jews of 2014
JERUSALEM POST - June 3, 2014. ''Welcome to The Jerusalem Post’s annual Shavuot list of the world’s 50 most influential Jews! This year’s list features politicians, rabbis and researchers, human rights activists and philanthropists, entrepreneurs and entertainers from Israel and around the world...

From Table to Table
JERUSALEM POST - June 3, 2014. In an exclusive Jerusalem Post (JPost) interview with Leket Israel Founder, Joseph Gitler, JPost correspondent Marion Fischell explores the beginnings of Leket Israel and how the organization is making an impact by feeding 140,000 Israelis every week. Read the full...

Teens' Music Helps Feed Israel's Hungry
ISRAEL NEWS CLOUD - May 8, 2014. WASHINGTON (JTA). Sam Goldberg and Joshua Levine, seventh graders at the Moriah School in Englewood, created a music album, 'Tikun Olam,' to benefit Leket Israel —The National Food Bank (www.leket.org) Read the full article here:

Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize
THE JEWISH WEEK - May 27, 2014. ''On May 15th, the Speaker of the Knesset (Israeli Government), MK Yuli-Yoel Edelstien hosted a special award ceremony in the Knesset Auditorium, honoring seven English-speaking immigrants who are making a significant contribution to Israel in various fields.'' Lek...

Community Currents - Izzy Dachs wins 1st Place in Float Contest
JEWISH PRESS - May 23, 2014. ''Izzy Dachs, a 3rd grade student at Manhattan Day School on New York's Upper West Side, came in first place in American Friends of Leket Israel's Celebrate Israel Parade Float Design Contest. Izzy and his family will ride the float he designed at this year's Celebra...

Inaugural ‘Bonei Zion’ Prize Awarded in Knesset Ceremony Hosted by Speaker of the Knesset, MK Edelstein
JEWOCITY - May 15, 2014. ''We are honored to be holding the inaugural Bonei Zion award ceremony in the Knesset,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. “Aliyah from English-speaking countries has contributed significantly to Israeli society and the State of Is...

 Western immigrants respected during Knesset endowment ceremony
ISRAEL NEWS - May 20, 2014. ''More than 200 immigrants from English-speaking countries — including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, a UK, a US and Canada — were nominated for a Bonei Zion (Builders of Zion) Prize, that was awarded in 6 categories as good as for lifetime achievement. All 7 wi...