NEWS COVERAGE of Leket Israel

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...

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...