NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

Interview: 'Canstruction' Art to Feed the Hungry
VOICE OF ISRAEL - May 5, 2015. ''Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of ''Leket, Israel's National Food Bank,'' joins VOI's Josh Hasten to discuss this week's ''Canstruction Exhibition'' in Ra'anana. The event is allowing artists to use thousands of cans of food to create art, while raising aware...

Giant watermelon among canned food sculptures on display in Park Ra'anana
JERUSALEM POST - May 5, 2015. ''Leket Israel, a food rescue organization, in conjunction with the Ra'anana Municipality, are hosting Israel's first Canstruction exhibition, open from Tuesday, May 5 - Saturday May 9 at Park Ra'anana. Approximately 50,000 cans will be used to build the structures: ...

Come see what cans can be
ISRAEL21c - May 4, 2015. ''What can you create with cans? Imagine a sculpture of a truck, refrigerator and watermelon slice. All of these, and more, will be on display at Israel’s inaugural Canstruction exhibitionin Park Ra’anana, May 5-9. The free Israeli can-art exhibition, “Come and See What ...

Politz student’s design honored
JEWISH COMMUNITY VOICE - April 29, 2015. ''Daniel Filler, a third grade student at Politz Day School in Cherry Hill, came in third place in American Friends of Leket Israel’s Second Annual Celebrate Israel Parade Float Design Contest. He will ride on the Leket Israel float at this year’s Celebra...

More food for the hungry this Passover (but also more hungry families)
HAARETZ Rank & File - April 9, 2015. ''Leket Israel, the organization dedicated to supporting hungry families, has reported an increase of 30 percent in food donations over last year from its nonprofit partners. A manager from one partner in southern Israel, which supports 500 families weekly, sa...

Yavneh Third Graders Win Leket Israel Float Design Contest
JEWISH LINK OF NJ - April 1, 2015. ''Yavneh Academy third graders Sienna Dube, Isabella Einhorn and Alexandra Greene, won the Second Annual American Friends of Leket Israel Float Design Contest for the 2015 Celebrate Israel Parade. Their design was selected from over 155 submissions by a panel o...

Local Students win American Friends of Leket Israel’s Second Annual Float Design Contest
THE JEWISH WEEK - Mar. 30, 2015. ''Sienna Dube, Isabella Einhorn and Alexandra Greene, 3rd grade students at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ, came in 1st place in American Friends of Leket Israel’s 2nd Annual Celebrate Israel Parade Float Design Contest. Sienna, Isabella and Alexandra will ride on ...

Leket CEO on Voice of Israel
VOICE OF ISRAEL - April 5, 2015. ''Leket Israel CEO Gidi Kroch joins VOI's Eve Harow to discuss the work of his organization, which ensures that needy people are fed, not only during the holidays. He says, ''It's all about the distribution.'' Listen to the full interview here:

Feeding Israel's Hungry with Excess Food
HOME MAGAZINE - Spring Edition 2015. ''A quarter of Israel's citizens are living in poverty; among them are some 850,000 hungry children. Yet, at the same time, literally hundreds of thousands of tons of perfectly good, nutritious food are destroyed each year.'' Read the full article here:

Here and There: Hungry children – still a reality?
JERUSALEM POST - April 8, 2015. ''Recent figures show that 1.6 million Israelis are living below the poverty line – of whom 756,900 are children...There are organizations that are in the business of helping hungry children. One is Leket, which provides fresh rolls and fillings for someone to pre...

Making Passover Possible for Struggling Israeli Families
JEWISH VOICE - April 1, 2015. According to Leket Israel CEO, Gidi Kroch, “Leket Israel has been in touch with hundreds of farmers in order to facilitate our distribution of a significantly larger amount of produce to those in need. For this, we called upon hundreds of volunteers over the past two...

Leket Israel on Kol Yisrael Radio
KOL YISRAEL RADIO - March 31, 2015. ''Leket Israel says that it has been receiving double the amount of request for food from its nonprofit partners for the upcoming Pesach holiday - an increase of 30% over last year.'' Listen to the full news clip here:

The Truth About Giving to Israel
EJEWISH PHILANTHROPY - April 1, 2015. ''In 2003, three years after immigrating to Israel from the USA, Joseph Gitler founded Leket Israel – The National Food Bank, and Israel’s largest food rescue and redistribution organization. His experiences running Leket and in fundraising on its behalf over...

Volunteering with Leket Israel
KOSHER OC - March 30, 2015. ''Leket Israel was one of my NCSY Girls Israel Volunteer Experience (GIVE) chesed programs. We spent several hours working in the fields. We were given huge bins which we filled with peppers. When filled we brought it to a large truck used to transport the produce. Fro...

JKHA Students Place Second In Leket Israel Float Design Contest
JEWISH LINK - April 1, 2015. ''Ariel Hammerman (4th grade) and Galit Usdan (3rd grade) won 2nd place in the Leket Israel (Israeli National food bank) float design contest for the 2015 Celebrate Israel Parade. Their design competed with over 155 fantastic submissions from over 180 students that pa...

Volunteers Make Passover Possible for Struggling Israeli Families
JSPACE - March 31, 2015. According to Leket Israel CEO, Gidi Kroch, “Leket Israel has been in touch with hundreds of farmers in order to facilitate our distribution of a significantly larger amount of produce to those in need. For this, we called upon hundreds of volunteers over the past two week...

Making Passover Possible for Struggling Israeli Families
ALGEMEINER - March 31, 2015. According to Leket Israel CEO, Gidi Kroch, “Leket Israel has been in touch with hundreds of farmers in order to facilitate our distribution of a significantly larger amount of produce to those in need. For this, we called upon hundreds of volunteers over the past two...

Making Passover Possible for Struggling Israeli Families
Israel Activist Alliance - March 29, 2015. ''According to Gidi Kroch, Leket Israel’s CEO, “Leket Israel has been in touch with hundreds of farmers in order to facilitate our distribution of a significantly larger amount of produce to those in need. For this, we called upon hundreds of volunteers...

NGOs to distribute food for Pesach in Israel
SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD - March 29, 2015. ''Israel’s largest food rescue network that serves as the country’s National Food Bank, Leket Israel, founded in 2003, has been working to get in touch with farmers in the recent month in preparation for Passover. According to Gidi Kroch, Leket Israel’s CE...

Israeli organizations rally to help needy on Passover
JPOST - March 30, 2015. ''Leket Israel, the National Food Bank announced it would increase the amount of food distributed to those in need for the upcoming Passover holiday – an increase of 30% over last year. According to the organization, there has been a rise in the number of people requesting...

30% Increase in Requests for Passover Food
ARUTZ SHEVA - March 25, 2015. Leket Israel,'' Israel's largest food bank for the needy, said Wednesday that the demand for Passover food has doubled. In addition, request for Passover food have increase 30% since last year. The organization added that it is finding it difficult to start distrib...

Seniors see a personal side of Israel on Katz JCC mission
JEWISH COMMUNITY VOICE - March 18, 2015. Participants in the Katz JCC’s Adult Department Israel Mission, included tour guide Odeliah Shabi Wainshtain, Marilyn Zibbell, Lenore Starker, Kathy Thomes, Sue Shumas, Stan Shumas, Barbara Shils and Lesley Pelegan. For Marilyn Zibbell...[and] their Israe...

Event shines light on local, global nonprofits
Every year, fifth- to eighth-grade student government members select both Jewish and non-Jewish organizations that work to raise awareness for youth, animals, veterans and others needing help. The booths represent nonprofits from Tucson and around the world. The fair-like atmosphere on the THA ca...

1,000 Children in Israel Pick Fruit for Needy on Tu B’Shevat
ALGEMEINER - Feb. 4, 2015. ''Over 1,000 children and teens from across Israel including kibbutzim and yishuvim in the Jezreel Valley and from cities like Rehovot, Ra’anana, Kfar Saba, and Givat Shmuel are participating in the Project Citrus Rescue, or Sayeret Tapuz in Hebrew. The fruit will be co...

A Feast for the Eyes
ISRAEL21c - Feb. 13, 2015. ''In celebration of his studio’s 10-year anniversary, [food photographer,Assaph] Ronen organized a unique initiative to benefit Leket Israel, inviting 12 Israeli celebrity chefs to learn the art of food photography. 'When thinking about how I would mark this special occ...

The patent attorney who feeds Israel
JERUSALEM POST - Feb. 13, 2015. ''Leket provides 25,000 volunteers every year to pick crops in Colb’s fields. As one of Colb’s distribution partners, Leket also provides some 25,000 volunteers to pick crops every year. Many of the volunteers are tourists who devote a morning to the charitable pro...

Youth across Israel pick fruit for the needy this Tu Bishvat
THE UNITED JERUSALEM FOUNDATION (JPOST) - Feb. 4, 2015. ''One of Leket’s main projects is its gleaning initiative, which sends thousands into fields to gather produce donated or left unpicked and distribute it to the needy. In honor of Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday celebrating nature, Leket Isra...

1,000 Youth in Israel Pick Fruit for Needy on Tu B'Shevat
JEWISH PRESS - Feb. 4, 2015. ''Over 1,000 children and teens from across Israel including kibbutzim and yishuvim in the Jezreel Valley and from cities like Rehovot, Ra’anana, Kfar Saba, and Givat Shmuel are participating in the Project Citrus Rescue, or Sayeret Tapuz in Hebrew. The fruit will be ...

Israeli Youth Pick Fruit for the Needy
UNITED WITH ISRAEL - Feb. 4, 2015. In honor of Tu B’Shvat, children and teens from across Israel participated in Leket Israel's Project ''Citrus Rescue'', or “Sayeret Tapuz” in Hebrew. The fruit will be distributed to those in need throughout the country. Read the full article here:

1,000 children pick fruit, celebrate Tu B’Shevat
SAN DIEGO JEWISH WORLD - Feb. 4, 2015. ''Youth volunteering with Leket Israel on Wednesday, Feb. 4, picked excess fruit remaining on trees in people’s private gardens to give to the poor. Over 1,000 children and teens from across Israel including kibbutzim and yishuvim in the Jezreel Valley and ...

On Tu B’Shvat Israeli Youths Pick Fruit for Needy
JSPACE NEWS - Feb. 4, 2015. ''According to Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel’s founder and chairman, the Tu B’Shvat initiative (Project Citrus Rescue), now in its 5th year, was coordinated this year to coincide with the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. 'We are inviting volunteers to rescue this fruit before it ...

1,000 youth in Israel pick fruit for needy this Tu BiShvat
YNET JEWISH WORLD - Feb. 4, 2015. ''In honor of Tu BiShvat, the Jewish holiday that marks the beginning of the new year for trees, youth volunteering with Leket Israel are picking excess fruit remaining on trees in people's private gardens to give to the poor. Over 1,000 children and teens from a...

Israeli teens picking fruit for needy in honour of Tu B’Shevat
OTTAWA JEWISH BULLETIN (JTA) - Feb. 2, 2015. ''Youth movements throughout Israel will send teams of teens to pick excess fruit from trees in people’s gardens for distribution to the needy in honour of Tu B’Shevat. Some 1,000 children and teens will participate in the event, dubbed Sayaret Tapuz,...

The patent attorney who feeds Israel
ISRAEL 21c - Feb. 3, 2015. ''Leket provides 25,000 volunteers every year to pick crops in Colb’s fields. As one of Colb’s distribution partners, Leket also provides some 25,000 volunteers to pick crops every year. Many of the volunteers are tourists who devote a morning to the charitable project...

Volunteer with Leket this Tu Bishvat
TIMES OF ISRAEL - Feb. 3, 2015. ''It’s a good holiday for volunteering at Leket Israel, the organization that offers volunteer vegetable-picking opportunities and also distributes surplus food to institutions in need. A new Leket project examines the art of food photography, as taught by food pho...

Youth across Israel pick fruit for the needy this Tu Bishvat
JERUSALEM POST - Feb. 3, 2015. ''In honor of Tu Bishvat, the Jewish holiday celebrating nature, Leket Israel - the National Food Bank is sending out youth volunteers from across the country to pick excess fruit from private gardens for the needy. Through Project Citrus Rescue (Sayeret Tapuz in H...

Teens picking fruit for needy in honor of Tu b’Shevat
CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS - Feb. 2, 2015. Some 1,000 children and teens will participate in the event, dubbed Sayaret Tapuz, or Project Citrus Rescue. The event, in its 5th year, is coordinated by Leket Israel... 'It is a wonderful opportunity to involve the youth in a hands-on activity to benefit th...

Israeli youth to pick excess fruit for distribution to needy in honor of Tu B’Shevat
ST LOUIS JEWISH LIGHT - Feb. 2, 2015. JERUSALEM (JTA) — ''Youth movements throughout Israel will send teams of teens out to pick excess fruit from trees in people’s gardens for distribution to those in need. The event in honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat is coordinated by Leket Israel, a...

Teens picking fruit for needy in honor of Tu b’Shvat
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - Feb. 2, 2015. Sayaret Tapuz, or Project Citrus Rescue (an event in its fifth year coordinated by Leket Israel), will involve 1,000 teens in the picking of fruit to mark Tu B'shvat. Read the article here:

A Look Back at the Winners of the Bonei Zion Prize
JPOST - Jan. 26, 2015. ''Joseph Gitler, founder and 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 do ...

Leket Israel Founder, Joseph Gitler on ''That's Life'' with Miriam L. Wallach
NACHUMSEGAL.COM - January 15, 2015. Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, recently joined Miriam Wallach on the radio program ''That's Life'' to update listeners about the work of the organization. Listen to the full interview here:

Leket Founder on JPost's Grapevine
JPOST GRAPEVINE - Jan. 13, 2014. As reported in JPost's Grapevine column this week, representatives of various philanthropic endeavors accepted an award from the Jaffa Institute at its annual gala dinner at The Avenue in Airport City. Those who were recognized, included Joseph Gitler, the founde...

Leket Israel official visits B'nai Israel
JEWISH JOURNAL (Palm Beach South) - Jan. 7, 2015. ''Lauren Yoked, director of American Friends of Leket Israel (Israel's national food bank and its largest food rescue network), recently visited Congregation B'nai Israel in Boca Raton and made a presentation to three classes of seventh- and eigth...

 	  Israel pays out tiny portion of food security budget
YNET NEWS - Jan. 9, 2015. The government had pledged to give NIS 60 million in aid to people in need, but in reality only allocated NIS 2 million in the budget for food security, Ynet learned Thursday. The Social Affairs Ministry said in response that the delay in handing over the funds was caus...

Volunteers from generation to generation
CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS - Jan. 9, 2015. Three generations of the Korach family from Cleveland volunteered with Leket Israel in Project Leket in Israel, where they picked beets for distribution to the needy. They volunteered in fields outside of Rehovot and picked more than 2,600 lbs of beets for ...

Leket Israel on YTN Global Korean News
YTN KOREAN WORLD NEWS - Dec. 27, 2014. ''Israel's per capita income at $35,000 is higher than Korea. Despite this, there is also no less people hungry and in poverty,'' reports an investigative segment about Leket Israel's gleaning activities which aired recently on Korean TV.

The Israel We Should Be Talking About
THE TOWER MAGAZINE - Dec. 2014. ''For all of its phenomenal achievements, Israel is not the Garden of Eden. It has many of the same societal problems that challenge other advanced nations and a few uniquely its own. What is remarkable is the range, number, and effectiveness of organizations and p...

One in three children are poor, report says
JERUSALEM POST - Dec. 25, 2014. ''The food rescue organization Leket Israel, which distributes millions of meals annually, said that unfortunately, the data presented in the report “do not surprise us.” I implore the new government to put the needs of Israel’s hungry children at the forefront and...

Survey: Israeli poverty levels show ‘shocking’ divisions
JEWISH NEWS ONLINE - Nov. 27, 2014. A new survey of 500 men and women living in poverty in Israel has presented a “shocking” picture of economic divisions within the country and serves as a warning ahead of a new budget. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the leader of a Jewish-Christian interfaith group, n...

New Israel Poverty Poll: 95% Pessimistic About Coming Year
ALGEMEINER - Nov. 25, 2014. ''What we’ve seen in the last few years is a very, very stark increase in the number of working poor,” Deena Fiedler of Leket, a decade-old umbrella organization which serves as as the nation’s largest food bank and rescue service...''There’s been a big increase in the...

Audio: Feeding the Poor with Rich Leftovers
ARUTZ SHEVA - Nov. 28, 2014. ''When Joseph Gitler went to law school, he wasn't sure what he wanted to be but he didn't think he'd become a lawyer. He did not realize at the time that his destiny was to feed Israel's hungry by creating an innovative yet simple system whereby good food goes to the...

Make your Israeli wedding a day to remember
JEWISH JOURNAL - Nov. 13, 2014. ''A growing number of Israeli couples believe it is a pity to throw out the food not consumed at their simcha, so they donate it to organizations that feed the needy. The premier “food rescue” organization is Leket (www.leket.org/english). In 2013, more than 50,00...

Furthering Food Donation
HAARETZ (Rank and File) - Nov. 7, 2014. ''Food bank Leket Israel marked World Food Day on Tuesday by lobbying Knesset members to adopt its proposed Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. 'The proposed legislation for the first-ever Good Samaritan Food Donation Act in Israel will allow Leket Israel, fo...

Joseph Gitler on Kol Yisrael English Radio
KOL YISRAEL RADIO - Nov. 3, 2014. David Zeev of Kol Yisrael English Radio hosted Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman, of Leket Israel on Monday, November 3,2014, the night before Leket marked World Food Day at the Knesset to raise awareness for food rescue and the proposed legislation for Israel...

Leket Israel stars in World Food Day in Knesset
JERUSALEM POST - Nov. 5, 2014. ''We are delighted to have the opportunity to mark World Food Day at the Knesset to raise awareness about the importance of food rescue to benefit Israel’s needy,” said Leket Israel founder and chairman Joseph Gitler. “In addition, the proposed legislation for the ...

David Lebor, American Friends of Leket Israel Dinner Chair on on ''That's Life'' with Miriam L. Wallach
NACHUMSEGAL.COM - October 30, 2014. David Lebor, American Friends of Leket Israel Dinner Chair, recently joined Miriam Wallach on the radio program ''That's Life'' to discuss the organization's upcoming dinner set to take place Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., Nov. 8th at the Sheraton Manhattan, New ...

Israel: Bill to Prevent Mega Bal Tashchis & Assist the Hungry
YESHIVA WORLD NEWS - Nov. 2, 2014. ''A bill is moving forward aimed at easing the hunger among the growing number of Israeli poor and to limit the amount of food being tossed needlessly...[Leket Israel] which collects fresh food, is seeking to have a bill sponsored to address today’s reality. [T...

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...

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...

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...