NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

 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:

Paul Leiba, Director of Development at Leket Israel on ''That's Life'' with Miriam L. Wallach
NACHUMSEGAL.COM - April 30, 2015. Paul Leiba, Director of Development at Leket Israel, recently joined Miriam Wallach on the radio program ''That's Life'' to discuss the organization's ''Canstruction Exhibition'' in Ra'anana. The event is allowing artists to use thousands of cans of food to creat...

Yes we can: Israeli food-waste charity turns supermarket fare into installation art
JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY - May 7, 2015. ''The Leket exhibit, in total, includes some 70,000 cans — ranging from tuna to tomato paste to white beans. The largest piece, the truck, has 13,500 cans alone. Under the direction of a curator and two designers, 100 Leket volunteers set up the exhibit fr...

Food bank launches ‘outsized’ exhibition
TIMES OF ISRAEL - May 6, 2015. ''Leket Israel, a national food bank and food rescue network, has teamed up with the Ra’anana municipality in central Israel to launch an exhibit of large-scale items made from cans of food. It’s Israel’s first exhibit with Canstruction, an international organizatio...

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...