News and PR from Leket Israel

Meal Rescue Project
Addressing Nutritional Insecurity in Israel through the Collection of Excess Food from the Catering and Hotel Industry and the IDF

Leket rescued a record number of types of fruits & vegetables
Leket agricultural gleaning department rescued a record number of types of fruits and vegetables for distribution to Israel’s needy.

Can Startup Nation Stop Hunger?
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS - Feb. 11-17, 2016. ''While everyone knows the power of Israel when it comes to technological innovation, the sad fact is that nearly a quarter of the country's population is living in poverty and suffering from hunger. A new report from Leket Israel - the National Food Bank ...

Leket Israel's Wall of Honor
Leket Israel's Wall of Honor
1/18/2016 2:11:00 PM
Leket Israel’s Wall of Honor at our main logistics center in Ra’anana.

Fine Whisky Tasting
October 13, 2015

New Year Greetings and Updates from Leket Israel
Updates for the New Year

Planning your Rosh Hashanah menu
Why not include a festive and nutritious dish by world renowned chef and the “Queen of Kosher” Jamie Geller?

Volunteer Profile
Giving Back to the Community that has Given Him so Much. Moshe, an Eilat Project Volunteer

We’re All Over The Map
How many hot meals has Leket rescued the first half of 2015?

A New Beginning…
in Leket Israel’s Renovated Logistics Center.

United Hebrew Congregation's Omer Challenge
A huge thank you to the United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore, helping to raise money for Leket as part of their ''Omer Food Challenge'', where members of the community will be living on S$5 for food a day for the entire week leading up to Shavuot! For more information, please visit: http://ww...

Israel's Inaugural Canstruction Exhibition
Tuesday – Saturday evening, May 5 - 9

Story of a Recipient Family
To check out Yitzhak’s personal story of struggle, read more here:

Leket Israel’s Goals for 2015
At Leket Israel, we are working tirelessly to rescue and provide fresh food to tens of thousands of people in need in time for the holiday to ensure that they too can celebrate the festival with dignity. Learn more about Leket Israel's organizational goals for 2015:

News Feed - Spring 2015 - Passover
Passover Edition of the Leket Israel News Feed - 2015

Leket Israel's Nutritious Color Palette
Leket Israel rescues and transfers 2,200,000 lbs. of fresh fruits and vegetables every month.

A Multi-Lingual Pesach Greeting from Leket Israel
VIDEO: Passover 2015. Leket Israel employees and volunteers wish its supporters a happy passover!

Third Grade Students at Yavneh Academy Win American Friends of Leket Israel’s 2nd Annual Float Design Contest
March 26, 2015. Congratulations to the winning team of Sienna Dube, Isabella Einhorn & Alexandra Greene, 3rd grade students at Yavneh Academy in Paramus, NJ! The team won the 2nd Annual American Friends of Leket Israel Float Design Contest for the 2015 Celebrate Israel Parade. A big thank you to ...

It's Not Just About The Money
The Truth about Giving to Israel: Watch Joseph Gitler’s Recent ELI Talk

Tips to Runners for Healthy Eating
Are you a runner participating in the Tel Aviv or Jerusalem Marathons with Team Leket? Below are a few tips on healthy eating before a Marathon. Leket Israel's Nutritionist, Smadar Hod Ovadia, outlines what to eat and drink starting 3-4 hours before a run. Read Smadar's tips below:

Run for Leket Israel in the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Marathons
Information and materials for Team Leket Participants in the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Marathons

UJA/JCC Greenwich Teens Decorate Sandwich Bags for Hungry Children in Israel
PHOTOS: Dec. 2014 - The UJA/JCC Greenwich Teen Action Committee ran a booth at the JCC Family Hanukkah Party where participants decorated beautiful sandwich bags for Leket Israel’s Sandwich Project. The sandwich bags will be used to distribute healthy and nutritious sandwiches to hundreds of hung...

Provide Citrus Fruit for the Needy this Winter
Vitamin C: Essential for staying healthy in the wintertime. This winter help Leket Israel provide Vitamin C filled citrus fruit to the needy. Make this winter a healthy one for Israel's poor! $1 = 10 lbs. of rescued food.

Screen Messages from US Gala Event
Five hundred guests celebrated Leket Israel’s 10 years of food rescue for the needy at its Second Annual Gala Dinner honoring the leadership of Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel. View the personal screen messages from the Gala here:

World Food Day in Knesset
About the World Food Day in the Knesset on November 4th, 2014.

Make It Your Resolution:  Prevent Waste & Feed the Needy
Your Support Makes A Difference Rescue Food And Feed Israel’s Needy

World Food Day in Israel
October 2014 - About ''World Food Day'' in Israel.

United Colors of Leket
United Colors of Leket

Story of a Recipient Family
Fate Strikes Even Those Who Never Would Have Expected It

Personal Message from Leket Israel for Rosh Hashana
Danelle Rubin, Leket Israel's PR & Development Coordinator, delivers a personal message from Leket Israel for Rosh Hashanah.

Glean for the Needy - An Invitation to a Family Happening on Sukkot
Join Leket Israel Oct. 12th, Chol HaMoed Sukkot, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. picking produce to benefit those in need. The activity is free and all are welcome. Please bring water, hats, closed shoes, sunscreen and comfortable clothes. Our staff looks forward to greeting you at its Nahalal fields.

We Are Still in the South…
1,200 needy families in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Netivot, Sderot and Ofakim all received a boost in preparation for the upcoming holiday with food parcels provided by Leket Israel. The food, purchased from local suppliers, injected needed funds into the southern economy, while using the food to benefit...

AEPi fraternity raised 100K dollars for Leket Israel
September 2014. Over the past 4 years, the AEPi Jewish fraternity raised 100K dollars for Leket Israel to purchase a 15-ton refrigerated truck. Leket Israel’s final check covering the truck's purchase was offcially presented at the fraternity's 101st international convention in Toronto on August...

Fire at Leket Israel's Logistics Center
Photos showing the damage and repairs

Special Update IV: Supporting the South
July 30, 2014. ''Despite the ongoing difficulties, Leket Israel continues to do all in its’ power to support those most affected by the conflict with Hamas.'' Read the full update from Leket Israel's Founder here to learn what the organization is doing to help the south during this most difficult...

Special Update III: Real Needs from the Field
July 22, 2014. Dear Friends, These are certainly difficult days for Israel...As a result, Leket will purchase and pack 600 food boxes for distribution to 3 partner agencies in Ashkelon, Ashdod and Ofakim that we believe are best equipped to meet the current need...We ask for your support of our e...

Special Update II: Despite all Our trucks are on the move
July 15, 2014. Dear Friends, Thank you for your ongoing concern. Despite all…Leket Israel trucks are on the move. Allow me to update you to two of the many things we have achieved over the last couple of days: Leket Israel received 83,000 excess bread rolls from the IDF for redistribution to 7,...

Special Update from Leket Founder
July 9, 2014. Dear Friends, We thank you for your concern at this difficult time. Despite the situation, Leket Israel’s staff and volunteers continue to work nonstop providing food to 140,000+ needy Israelis throughout the country, including the besieged South. In the hope for better days soon. S...

Build a Food Basket for Israel’s Needy
Summer 2014. Can't get to the field? Do a virtual food rescue right from home with Leket Israel's new interactive site. Build your own basket of choice rescued food and help Leket Israel feed the country's needy. Try it today. Click here for more:

Joseph Gitler Named One of 50 Most Influential Jews
Summer 2014 - Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel's Founder and Chairman, was recently awarded two prestigious honors for his work in food rescue for the benefit of Israel's needy. The Jerusalem Post, in its annual Shavuot issue, named Joseph one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world. Joseph was a...

Leket Israel and the Shmita Year
The Sabbatical Year (Shmita) begins on the 1st of the Hebrew month of Tishrei 5775 (September 25, 2014). The laws of Shmita are extremely relevant to the agricultural work of Leket Israel. The decisions regarding Leket Israel’s operations during the Shmita year are based on extensive research and...

Wish a Happy Father's Day with E-Cards from Leket Israel
Send a Father's Day E-Card from Leket Israel. A great way to show you care while helping to rescue food for Israel's needy. Your donation will enable Leket Israel to continue its mission rescuing surplus healthy food and delivering it to tens of thousands of Israelis in need.

Leket Israel Founder Among Top 50 Most Influential Jews
Leket Israel is pleased to announce that its beloved Founder, Joseph Gitler was chosen as 25th among the Jerusalem Post's annual list of the top 50 most influential Jews from Israel and around the world. Read an exclusive Jerusalem Post (JPost) interview conducted by JPost correspondent Marion F...

Leket Israel Participates in the 50th Anniversary Celebrate Israel Parade
June 1, 2014. American Friends of Leket Israel participated in the 50th Anniversary Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City. Leket Israel’s float this year was designed by a third grader from Manhattan Day School, Izzy Dachs, winner of our 2014 design contest. Izzy and his family rode on the flo...

Leket Israel Founder, Joseph Gitler, Awarded Prize at Knesset Ceremony
May 15, 2014. Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel's Founder and Chairman, received the Inaugural Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize at a ceremony today at the Knesset. The Speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein, awarded Joseph this prestigious recognition for his work in establishing Israel's National Foo...

Third Grade Student at Manhattan Day School Wins  American Friends of Leket Israel’s Float Design Contest
Israel: May 8, 2014 – Izzy Dachs, a third 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 on the float he designed at this year’s Celebrate Isr...

Wish a Happy Mother's Day with E-Cards from Leket Israel
Send your mother an E-Card from Leket Israel. A great way to show you care while helping to rescue food for Israel's needy. Your donation will enable Leket Israel to continue its mission rescuing surplus healthy food and delivering it to tens of thousands of Israelis in need.

Adopt a Tree
We invite you to adopt a tree at Leket Israel's orchard at Moshav Tzuran. Each adopted tree will receive the best care and maintenance, watering and pruning. With your help, the orchard will yield 100,000 kg (220,000 lbs) of citrus fruits this winter. All produce is provided to needy, food insec...

Float Design Contest Winners
Congratulations Izzy Dachs, 3rd grader at Manhattan Day School in New York City! Izzy won the American Friends of Leket Israel (AFOLI) float design contest for the 2014 Celebrate Israel Parade. The 2014 parade marks the event’s 50th anniversary. A hearty thanks to the dozens of students and scho...

Leket Israel Wishes You a Happy Passover
Leket Israel Staff and Recipient Agencies Wish You A Happy Passover and Chag Kasher V’Sameach

From 715,924 lbs to 19,800,000 lbs
From 2005 - Today, Project Leket has increased its rescue of fresh produce by more than 26 times!

Gidi Kroch, Leket Israel’s CEO on Channel 2’s ''Hamaarechet''
Miki Haimovich, Israel’s leading TV presenter, conducted an investigation on food waste in Israel with Channel 2’s program “Hamaarechet” featuring Gidi Kroch, Leket Israel’s CEO, from 25:41 CLICK HERE TO LEARN THE SHOCKING REALITY

Adequate Nutrition Reduces Morbidity and Mortality in the Elderly Population
According to the National Health and Nutrition Study (Mabat Zahav), one quarter of the elderly living in Israel are nutritionally insecure. Based on world figures, it is conceivable that 1 in 10 suffer from malnutrition, a condition reflecting an inadequate intake of energy, protein and/or other...

Vered Katzav Goldstein
Vered Katzav Goldstein, 33, is married to Ze'ev, and lives in Yehud. She grew up in Petach Tikva and graduated from its Ben Gurion high school. Her military service was in computer support at the prime minister's office.

Meet Leket Israel Volunteer:  Evangeline Abbott
Vangie made Aliyah from the Philippines in 1999, lives in Ramat Gan and volunteers in Leket’s Meal Rescue project in the Tel Aviv area.

Maon Or Netanya comes to Leket Israel
At Maon Or, Netanya, an institution for the mentally disabled, the residents are used to seeing volunteers arrive to help them. But the group decided that giving back to the community is important and they initiated a volunteer program. Recently, they have started to volunteer with Leket Israel,...

Bat Shlomo Vineyard Supports Leket Israel
Following the success and positive response we received at Leket Israel’s 10 Year Gala this past December, we want to show our continued support for this wonderful organization.

Celebrate Israel Parade - Leket Israel Float Design Contest
American Friends of Leket Israel: Israel's National Food Bank and food rescue organization is looking for a new design for its parade float -- and we need YOUR help! Submit a design for what you think the float should look like and thousands of parade viewers will see your work! Read on for cont...

Greek Food Bank Meets Leket Israel
Representatives of “Boroume”, a virtual food bank in Athens, visited Leket Israel to learn how they operate their countrywide food collection programs and manage an extensive volunteer network throughout Israel. Click here for the full article and photos:

Key People: Yedidya Rosenberg
Meet Yedidya Rosenberg, Manager of Project Meal Rescue and our Agency Relations Department. Click here for the full story: