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NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

Startup Israel Suffering Most OECD Poverty as Poor Surge
BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK - April 16, 2014. ''It’s embarrassing that foreign donors need to replace the government to feed Israel’s needy,” said Gidi Kroch, the chief executive officer of Leket, Israel’s largest food bank, which gets most of its support from Jewish organizations abroad. “It is becom...

Meals for the Poor
HAARETZ Rank & File - April 18, 2014. ''Passover is a time for many Jewish families to open their homes to guests joining them at the dinner table, but for those who cannot afford to host a meal there’s Leket Israel. This month alone, Leket has distributed 386 tons of fresh produce, which was pic...

Leket Israel distributes 386 tons of fresh produce to needy in advance of Passover
JEWISH EXPONENT - April 16, 2014. '''There is an increased need around the holiday times and we are seeing an even greater one this year with the number of working poor on the rise,' said Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel.'' Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, distributed 386 ...

Startup Israel Suffering Most OECD Poverty as Poor Surge
BLOOMBERG NEWS - April 16, 2014. ''It’s embarrassing that foreign donors need to replace the government to feed Israel’s needy,” said Gidi Kroch, the chief executive officer of Leket, Israel’s largest food bank, which gets most of its support from Jewish organizations abroad. “It is becoming unbe...

Israel’s leading charities rally to help needy on Passover
JERUSALEM POST - April 16, 2014. ''Leading up to the holiday, Leket staff, along with volunteers from companies, youth movements and the army, prepared crates of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as food baskets, at the organization’s two logistic centers in Ra’anana, north of Tel Aviv, and in...

Sarasota Lions-Pomegranates Luncheon Raises Funds for Leket Israel
THE JEWISH NEWS of SARASOTA-MANATEE, April 2014. ''Lauren Yoked of Leket Israel, Israel's National Food Bank and rescue organization, spoke about the organization's meal rescue program which prevents unnecessary food waste and provides a consistent source of nutrition for the needy. Generous gues...

Interfaith Group Sends 100 Tons of Passover Matzo to Russia
JEWISH DAILY FORWARD - April 10, 2014. '''There is an increased need around the holiday times and we are seeing an even greater one this year with the number of working poor on the rise,' said Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel.'' Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, distribute...

Leket distributes 386 tons of fresh produce to needy families in advance of Passover
JTA - April 10, 2014 ''...in Israel, Leket, a national food bank and food rescue network, distributed 386 tons of fresh produce to needy families in advance of Passover. Much of the food was picked by Leket volunteers and regular pickers. In addition, 11 tons of dry goods and dairy products donat...

National food security program to fight hunger 'a response' to comptroller's report
JPOST-April 10, 2014. ''The National Nutritional Security Council has released report outlining a 'national program to ensure food security for households in Israel.' On Monday, State ComptrollerJoseph Shapira issued his report on food sufficiency that found shortcomings in the state's efforts ...

Much More Than Hockey in Israel
''The seven Vancouver Hockey players arrived in Israel in early February with their primary focus on doing something truly unique: playing hockey in the land of Israel, on the one full-sized rink in the entire country, right on the border of Lebanon...After stops at a local farm to pick and gathe...

Shalom Life: Voluntouring in Israel
SHALOM LIFE - Feb. 20, 2014. “Volunteers can make a difference even if they come for an hour,” says Deena Fiedler, spokeswoman for the national food bank Leket Israel. “They’re in our fields or in our packing warehouse; they’re preparing sandwiches, rescuing surplus food. They’re making a differe...

Shake N’ Donate Israel
THE JEWISH VOICE - March 27, 2014. ''Josh Rosenbaum, an American student spending his gap year in Israel, has teamed up with Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, to spearhead Shake N’ Donate Israel, a Purim initiative to benefit the needy.'' Participants, during the traditional Purim megila read...

''Shake N’ Donate'' to Leket Israel
JERUSALEM POST - March 16, 2014. ''Josh Rosenbaum, an American student spending his gap year in Israel, has teamed up with Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, to spearhead Shake N’ Donate Israel, a Purim initiative to benefit the needy.'' Participants, during the traditional Purim megila readi...

Voluntouring in Israel
JEWISH JOURNAL - Mar. 5, 2014. “Volunteers can make a difference even if they come for an hour,” says Deena Fiedler, spokeswoman for the national food bank Leket Israel. “They’re in our fields or in our packing warehouse; they’re preparing sandwiches, rescuing surplus food. They’re making a diffe...

Leket Israel Founder, Joseph Gitler on  Homeward Bound with Yigal Segal
NACHUMSEGAL.COM - March 5, 2014. Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, (winner of the 2014 Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize) recently joined Yigal Segal on the radio program ''Homeward Bound'' to discuss his charity and the major impact it has had on Israeli society. Listen to the fu...

Fruit for the Needy
HAARETZ - Feb. 21, 2014. As part of its Sayaret Tapuz project, Leket Israel, in coordination with youth movements, municipalities, regional councils and the kibbutz movement enlisted 1,500 youth volunteers in order to rescue over seven tons of fruit from residential areas. Read more here:

Greek food bank to visit Leket Israel to learn about gleaning program model
JERUSALEM POST -Feb. 17, 2014. Leket Israel, the National Food Bank is to host the founders of Bouroume (‘We Can’), a virtual food bank in Athens, Greece for a 2-day visit on Tuesday. The Greek founders are specifically interested in learning how to establish a gleaning initiative in Greece model...

Voluntouring in Israel
ISRAEL21c - Feb. 17, 2014. “Volunteers can make a difference even if they come for an hour,” says Deena Fiedler, spokeswoman for the national food bank Leket Israel. “They’re in our fields or in our packing warehouse; they’re preparing sandwiches, rescuing surplus food. They’re making a differenc...

Making Miracles
Making Miracles
2/16/2014 10:28:00 AM
''TIMES OF ISRAEL - Shira Sebban: Our children’s Jewish Day School encourages students to participate in a Mitzvah Project...Our son chose to support Leket Israel, the National Food Bank and leading food rescue network, for which we also volunteered during our visit, gleaning beets for distributi...

Stewart Rahr Volunteers with Leket
JEWISH JOURNAL - Feb. 3, 2014. While in Israel for only a few short days, colorful billionaire philanthropist Stewart Rahr visited several charitable organizations. Included in his busy docket of stops, Rahr took time out to volunteer with Leket Israel on the organization's farm dedicated to feed...

Flamboyant Billionaire Stewart Rahr Wows Israel - including a stop at Leket Israel
VIRTUAL JERUSALEM - Feb. 4, 2014. While in Israel for only a few short days, colorful billionaire philanthropist Stewart Rahr visited several charitable organizations. On his busy docket of stops, Rahr took time out to volunteer with Leket Israel on the organization's farm dedicated to feeding I...

Making the poor transparent
HAARETZ - Feb. 5, 2014. ''The statistics and the extent of poverty in Israel are known, as is the range of solutions for reducing it in the framework of the modern welfare state − even when Israel’s exceptional defense budget and the national debt are taken into account. In the past weeks alone t...

Federation trip includes stop at Leket
NJ JEWISH STANDARD - Jan. 10, 2014. Northern Highlands Regional High School tennis star Robert Kresch of Allendale joined his family recently on the Jewish Federations of North America’s winter family mission during the holiday break. The group volunteered at federation-funded social projects - i...

75,000 extra hot meals budgeted for 'nutritional security'
YNET NEWS - Jan. 28, 2014. ''Finance Ministry, Welfare Ministry announce increase in 'nutritional security' budget of some NIS 30 million, will allow subsidized hot meals for thousands of children, provide meals for Holocaust survivors, youth at risk, elderly, severely disabled.'' Despite this, f...

Hockey enthusiast raises funds for Leket
THE JEWISH POST & NEWS - Jan. 2014. Hockey enthusiast and Winnepeger, Jared Ackerman, is helping raise funds for Leket Israel, Israel's national food bank to sponsor his entry to the Israel Recreational Hockey Association's annual ice hockey tournament held February in Metulla, Israel. Players c...

Local boys make good
NJ JEWISH STANDARD - Jan. 24, 2014. ''Two men who grew up in Teaneck are among the 6 winners of the inaugural Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion award. They are Joseph Gitler, 39, founder and chairman of the national food bank Leket Israel; & Dr. Jeffrey Hausdorff, 51, director of the Laboratory for the...

Haaretz reports on outstanding anglo olim
HAARETZ - RANK & FILE - Jan. 16, 2014. Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel, the national food bank was one of among several honorees of the Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizing outstanding Anglo olim - veteran and recent - who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism ...

Leket Israel Founder, Joseph Gitler on ''That's Life'' with Miriam L. Wallach
NACHUMSEGAL.COM - January 16, 2014. Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, recently joined Miriam Wallach on the radio program ''That's Life'' to accept congratulation's for winning the Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion prize. In the informative interview, Joseph updates listeners about the ...

Sarasota News Leader covers Leket Israel
SARASOTA NEWS LEADER - Sept. 6, 2013. American Friends of Leket Israel Executive Director, Lauren Yokèd participated in a Mediteranean Luncheon to educate the local Jewish community about hunger relief in Israel. Lauren presented some sobering facts about the hunger problem in Israel and how Lek...

Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee
JEWISH NEWS of SARASOTA-MANATEE - Oct. 2013. ''Did you know 25% of Israelis live below the poverty line? Did you know nearly 1 million Israeli children are food-insecure? Did you know over 30% of food in Israel is wasted? These were among the sobering facts shared by Lauren Yokèd, Executive Di...

Arutz Sheva covers Bonei Zion Prize
ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS (ARUTZ SHEVA) - Jan. 16, 2014. Joseph Gitler was one of several winners of the Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize. Mr. Gitler, won in the Community and Non-Profit category for his work as founder and chairman of Leket Israel, a national food bank that provides food for more tha...

Nefesh B’Nefesh To Award $10,000 Prizes Recognizing High-Achieving Immigrants to Israel
KOSHERPRESS.COM - January 13, 2014. Food bank chairman, Joseph Gitler, was among the first winners of a Nefesh B'Nefesh prize recognizing immigrants to Israel. More than 200 immigrants from English-speaking countries were nominated for the Bonei Zion Prize, which was awarded in 5 categories as we...

Five immigrants chosen for inaugural Anglo award
TIMES OF ISRAEL - Jan. 13, 2014. ''Bonei Zion prize granted by Nefesh B’Nefesh to founder of food bank, female educator, solar energy entrepreneur...Joseph Gitler, who made aliyah in 2000, won in the Community and Non-Profit category for his work as founder and chairman of Leket Israel, a nation...

Sushi profits go to Leket Israel
JWEEKLY.COM - Jan. 9, 2014. Rabbi turned ''Sushi entrepeneur'' sends 10 percent of his profits to charities — half to Leket, Israel’s national food bank, and half. to S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Read the full article here:

Inaugural ‘Bonei Zion’ Prize
JEWOCITY.COM - Jan. 13, 2014. ''Nefesh B’Nefesh announced today the six recipients of its newly-launched Bonei Zion Prize (www.boneizion.org.il), an award recognizing outstanding Anglo Olim – veteran and recent – who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant wa...

Jewish Press covers Bonei Zion prize
THE JEWISH PRESS - Jan. 30, 2014. ''Joseph Gitler, who made aliyah in 2000, won in the Community and Non-Profit category for his work as founder and chairman of Leket Israel, a national food bank that provides food for more than 140,000 people weekly.'' Read the full article here:

Jewish News covers Bonei Zion prize
JEWISH NEWS - Jan. 15, 2014. Joseph Gitler was one of several winners of the Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize. Mr. Gitler, won in the Community and Non-Profit category for his work as founder and chairman of Leket Israel, a national food bank that provides food for more than 140,000 people weekl...

Jerusalem Post reports on Bonei Zion awards
THE JERUSALEM POST - Jan. 13, 2014. ''Leket Israel founder Joseph Gitler was recognized for his organization’s community and nonprofit achievements distributing discarded food to approximately 140,000 needy people each week...The recipients of the newly launched Bonei Zion Prize were chosen by a ...

Nefesh B’Nefesh debuts $10,000 prizes to high-achieving immigrants
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY — Jan. 13, 2014. ''A food bank chairman, a solar energy pioneer and the creator of the 'Dry Bones' comic strip are among the first winners of a Nefesh B’Nefesh prize recognizing immigrants to Israel...Joseph Gitler, who made aliyah in 2000, won in the Community and Non-P...

Food bank chairman, Joseph Gitler, among winners of Bonei Zion Prize
THE JEWISH DAILY FORWARD - January 13, 2014. Food bank chairman, Joseph Gitler, was among the first winners of a Nefesh B'Nefesh prize recognizing immigrants to Israel. More than 200 immigrants from English-speaking countries were nominated for the Bonei Zion Prize, which was awarded in 5 categ...

How to Feed Belly and Soul
THE JEWISH CHRONICLE ONLINE - Jan. 9, 2014. ''Fancy reflecting on the creation of fruit trees and the tree of knowledge as set out in Genesis while munching a slice of Polish apple cake? Or a vision of Joseph’s coat of many colours as interpreted by Judy Jackson’s chicken with many-coloured veget...

One in five Israelis lives in poverty
''With just over 8 million people, Israel has over 1.7 million, more than 20 percent of the population, living below the poverty line, according to the latest report issued by the National Insurance Institute (NII) and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Issued in December, the figures relate to 20...

Leket Israel on JPost's Grapevine
JPOST GRAPEVINE -Jan 2, 2014. ''Guests from a wide spectrum of Israeli society congregated at the Avenue in Airport City last Saturday night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Leket Israel–The National Food Bank, which provides food for the needy by rescuing fresh, excess food from hundreds of ...

Google Glass goes on explorer’s tour of Israel (including stop at Leket)
JERUSALEM POST -Dec.31, 2013. John Shine was one of 27 participants who the Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) outfitted with two pairs of Google Glasses to visually document their Jewish Federations of North America National Winter Family Mission and upload their experiences onto social m...

Leket, Israel’s National Food Bank, honors volunteers
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - Jan. 1, 2014. Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, which distributes food to Israel’s needy, marked its 10th anniversary to honor its growth and volunteers during a dinner attended by 900 people. The organization says it provides nutritional support to more than 140,0...

Knesset: Do your job, fight poverty
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL - OPS & BLOGS - Dec. 22, 2013. In an opinion piece by Leket Israel CEO, Gidi Kroch, Mr. Kroch discusses the Knesset's role in addressing the growing poverty issue. ''For years, we have been at a complete standstill in the welfare system. We can all see in the latest report on ...

 Still Poor in the Promised Land
ISRAEL TODAY - Dec. 19, 2013. ''In the promised land of milk and honey, one in four Israelis still live in poverty, according to last week’s report by the National Social Security Institute. With more than 400,000 families falling below the poverty line, Israel has the second-highest poverty rate...

Nearly a quarter of Israelis living in poverty, report finds
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - Dec. 19, 2013. ''More than 1.7 million people in Israel were living in poverty in 2012 — some 23.5 percent of the population — marking a slight dip over the previous year. The annual poverty report, released this week by Israel’s National Insurance Institute and the C...

Nearly 50% of children on welfare have gone full day without food, report finds
KOSHERPRESS.COM - Dec. 16, 2013. According to the findings of the Annual Poverty Report (presented at the National Conference of Charities), nearly 50% of children whose families are supported by welfare have gone a full day without eating. 69% of people on welfare reported that they live withou...

Annual report shows 1.7 million Israelis living below poverty line
JERUSALEM POST - Dec. 17, 2013. ''More than 1.7 million people are living in poverty in Israel today, according to the annual poverty report that the National Insurance Institute and the Central Bureau of Statistics released on Tuesday. According to the report, in 2012 there were 1,754,700 peop...

Leket Israel CEO on TLV1
TLV1 RADIO - Dec. 14, 2013. Leket Israel CEO, Gidi Kroch, talks with TLV1 Radio about the 300,000 Israeli families who don’t know where their next meal will come from and what Leket Israel, The National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, is doing to address the problem. Listen to the pr...

Orangetown Jewish Center learns about food rescue as part of Community Service Event
ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES - Nov. 27, 2013. On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, members of the Orangetown Jewish Center gathered to participate in the synagogue’s annual “Mitzvah Day”. American Friends of Leket Israel's Lauren Yoked gave a presentation about Leket Israel, Israel's National Food Bank. T...

Int'l Green Economy Course visits Leket
ISRAEL MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS - Nov. 19, 2013. In an article by Avigayil Kadesh entitled: ''International Green Economy Course'', Kadesh discusses ​how Israel, a ‘superpower of sustainability,’ recently shared its expertise in green economic growth with 30 policy-makers from 20 countries. ...

Bank Leumi UK Bike Ride
JEWISH CHRONICLE - October 25, 2013. Rechovot, Israel - Bank Leumi UK CEO Larry Weiss presents a cheque for £26,579 to Joseph Gitler of Israeli Charity, Leket Israel. The funds were raised by a 27-strong team of Bank Leumi cyclists who covered nearly 300 km in three days.

''Bank Bike Ride'' Benefits Leket Israel
JEWISH NEWS - September 25, 2013. A 27-strong charity bike riding team from Bank Leumi (UK) covered almost 300 km, riding from Cherbourg to St Malo and Jersey in just three days. Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel, said: ''It's an honor to be a recipient in this year's Bank Leu...

Salvaging Food - Israel Social TV
ISRAEL SOCIAL TV - Oct. 16 marks International Food Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of hunger and poverty. One disturbing, but lesser known area is the issue of food loss. Every year thousands of tons of fruit and vegetables are destroyed. On Friday, around 1,500 volunteers showed up fo...

Feeding the World
HAARETZ - Oct. 25, 2013. Leket Israel - The National Food Bank joined 150 countries throughout the world to commemorate World Food Day last week ''to raise awareness about the growing crisis of people worldwide living below the poverty line and suffering from food insecurity,'' the organization s...

Picking Event Celebrates World Food Day
JSPACE.COM - On Oct. 18, hundreds of Israelis across four locations joined together to glean food for the hungry. The Leket Israel program celebrated World Food Day, observed internationally on Oct. 16, and raised awareness of the need to eliminate food waste in a country where some people still ...

''Gather Ye Produce''
JERUSALEM POST - Oct. 20, 2013. Some 2,000 volunteers picked 60 tons of fresh fruits and vegetables to be distributed to 17,000 needy families across the country, as part of Leket Israel's World Food Day event on Friday. Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, said that it was 'wonderful' seeing peo...

Israel National Radio interviews Leket Israel Founder
ISRAEL NATIONAL RADIO - Oct. 13, 2013. Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, recently joined Binyamin Bresky on Israel National Radio to describe the activities of the organization in food provision. Gitler welcomes volunteers to participate in gleaning fruits and vegetables during ...