10 Year Celebration Online Goal
10,000,000 lbs Rescued

So Far
10,543,980 lbs
Rescued
News and PR from Leket Israel

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...

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:

Phillip-Stein & Associates: US Certified Public Accounting Office in Jerusalem
Employees from Phillip Stein & Associates volunteered at Leket Israel’s Logistics Center in Ra’anana on Feb. 9, 2014 to sort agricultural produce for distribution to Israel's needy. Click here for details and :photos

Hamantashen:  Finally, you can enjoy them without feeling guilty!!!
Smadar, Leket Israel's in-house nutritionist, gives us some tips and recipes for the upcoming Holiday of Purim. Click here for the full article and recipes:

 “Sayeret Tapuz”: Operation Citrus
Recently (11/2/14-14/2/14), Leket Israel's winter citrus picking operation took place in backyards throughout Israel. All of the fruits that were collected, were distributed by Leket Israel to people in need throughout Israel. Click here for further details and for :pictures from the event

Spread the Joy - Send Purim Greetings
Spread the Joy - Send Purim Greetings. Every $1 donated is 10 extra pounds of produce for one needy person for a week. In celebration of Leket Israel’s 10th anniversary, through your online support, help us rescue 10 million pounds of food for Israel’s poor.

Annual Tournament Supports Leket Israel
The Israel Recreational Hockey Association is hosting its annual ice hockey tournament at the Canada Center in Metulla, Israel, February 10-14. Proceeds from the event will go to support the charitable activities of Leket Israel, Israel's National Food Bank. Donations towards registration can b...

PHOTOS: Leket Israel's 10th Anniversary Gala
Leket Israel would like to thank all those who attended its 10th Anniversary Gala, which took place on Saturday night Dec. 31 at Airport City's the Avenue. We greatly appreciate all of the supporters who were able to attend, and hope to see more of you next year.

Leket Israel Founder wins Bonei Zion Prize
We are pleased to announce that Leket Israel's beloved Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, is a recipient of the Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize for 2014. The award recognizes outstanding Anglo Olim – veteran and recent – who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a si...

Run for a Cause with Leket Israel
For the first time, Leket Israel, Israel's National Food Bank, is inviting you to run with us - and help us to rescue food for hundreds of thousands of needy Israelis! Join our fundraising team and you'll get free entry into the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Marathons (or a 150 NIS gift card from Werthe...

2013 Activity Highlights
Dear Friends, Thanks to your support, Leket Israel is reaching 140,000 people each week. We are delighted to share our 2013 Annual Highlights with you. Looking forward to our continued partnership on behalf of Israel's needy. Sincerely, Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman.

Update on Open Picking
There will be no Open Harvest Day at Nahalal tomorrow (Friday, Dec 27th). We would be delighted for you to join us at a special Open Harvest Day which will take place in honor of Tu B'Shvat (Friday, January 10) at Kvutzat Shiller! Read on for more details:

Hope Filled Volunteering
About a month ago Ido and Dror, who live in “Kfar Tikva” (Hope village) began to volunteer three times a week with Leket Israel at the organization's logistics center in Nesher. They volunteer sorting, packing and preparing baskets of vegetables for distribution to nonprofit organizations that Le...

Volunteers needed for food pick-ups
Leket Israel is seeking long term volunteers for a mid-day food pick-ups using a Leket Israel vehicle (vehicle is located in Ra’anana). Volunteering will take place once a week (Sun – Thurs), on a fixed day, between the hours of 13:00-16:30 pm. The volunteer will pick up large quantities of surp...

Tips and recipes for a smart kitchen
Learn from Leket Israel's Director of Nutrition and Food Safety, Smadar Hod Ovadia, how smarter use of everyday surplus food products can save you time and money.

Celebrate the New Year for Trees by Gleaning for the Needy
Celebrate the Tu B'Shevat (New Year for Trees) by picking fruit for those in need! When: Friday, January 10th, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. This is a free activity and all are welcome. Please bring water, hats, closed shoes, and comfortable clothes. Our staff looks forward to greeting you i...

10 Year Commemorative Booklet
LEKET ISRAEL - 10 YEARS OF GROWTH. What began from the initiative of a single person, with your help, has grown into the largest food bank and leading food rescue organization in the country—today serving over 140,000 needy people on a weekly basis. Read the stories of how it all began and the ...

VIDEO: 10 Years of Growth
What began from the initiative of a single person 10 years ago, with your help, has grown into the largest food bank and leading food rescue organization in the country—today serving over 140,000 needy people on a weekly basis. We have come a long way in 10 years and we could not have done it ...

Help Rescue 10 Million lbs of Food
Leket Israel is 10 Years Old…This year, we need you to help us rescue 10 million pounds of food for Israel’s needy through our 10 year online campaign (That is, 1 pound of produce for 28,000 people a day!) For every $1 donated, Leket Israel will provide 10 lbs of fresh produce salvaged from farm...

Send Hanukkah E-Cards and Support Israel's Needy
Send family and friends a Hanukkah E-greeting and support Israel’s needy. A great way to say Happy Hanukkah while helping to rescue food for the poor. Visit: https://greetingcards.leket.org/ecards/en/hanukkah

Tips for a Healthier Hanukkah
Looking for a few healthy tips on how to enhance your celebrations this Chanukah without the guilt? Learn from Leket Israel's Nutritionist how to reduce fat when frying. Also included are recipes for ''Baked Jelly Doughnuts'' and ''Easy Baked Zucchini Latkes''. Leket Israel wishes you a happy, he...

EBAY takes on Sandwich Making
November 19, 2013. Employees from EBAY in Israel began volunteering making Sandwiches for underpriveleged kids. EBAY will cover the cost of the sandwiches for a year and its employees will prepare the ''Sandwiches for Kids'' one morning each week for 150 school children in Netanya. The Sandwich p...

Send ''Thanksgivukkah'' E-cards and Support Israel's Needy
With this unique holiday coming only every 70,000 years, send family and friends a Thanksgivukkah E-greeting and support Israel’s needy. A great way to say Happy Thanksgiving or Happy Hanukkah while helping to rescue food for the poor. Visit: https://greetingcards.leket.org/ecards/en/Thanksgiv...

 MK Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli visits Leket Israel's Logistics Center
October 27, 2013. MK Shuli Mualem-Rafaeli took a break from the Knesset to visit Leket Israel's Logistics Center in Ra'anana. She was greeted by CEO of Leket Israel, Gidi Kroch, who briefed her about the organization's charitable work in food rescue and provision to Israel's poor.

One on one with Leket Israel's Nutritionist
October 16, 2013. Coinciding with World Food Day, Leket Israel hosted a live question and answer session with Staff Nutritionist and Dietician, Smadar Hod Ovadia. Over a dozen people posted nutrition-related questions in real time, for Smadar to answer on the organization's Facebook page. Than...

Sponsors: Whisky Tasting Benefit
Leket Israel would like to thank all the sponsors of its Whisky Tasting Benefit scheduled for November 19th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The evening will feature rare and aged spirits, gourmet kosher catering, expert whisky sommeliers, a fine whisky and spirits auction and m...

Eat ● Care ● Give - Gala Event
Leket Israel will host its Annual Eat ● Care● Give ● Gala Dinner marking its 10-year Anniversary on December 28, 2013 in Israel. Over the past ten years, Leket has grown from a one-man operation to Israel's largest food bank and rescue network, helping to feed tens of thousands of Israel's needy...

Introducing ''Soul Food'' Parasha Project''
Learn more about food and Torah from 52 world-class scholars from across the Jewish spectrum participating in Leket Israel's NEW Weekly ''Soul Food'' Parasha Project. Includes a weekly recipe from top chefs. Support an amazing food rescue charity in Israel and see how our charitable work for the ...

Shana Tova from Leket Israel
On behalf of the staff and its dedicated network of thousands of volunteers, Leket Israel wishes you a Shana Tova and a joyous holiday season. Thank you for helping us rescue and deliver a weekly average of more than 215 tons (475,000 lbs) of nutritious food to benefit Israel's needy. Together we...

Joy of Kosher author teams up with Leket Israel Founder to rescue meals from Dizengoff Center
On Thursday evening (Aug. 29, 2013), Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel was joined by Jamie Geller, The Joy of Kosher cookbook author, to rescue prepared food from the Dizengoff Center's end of week food market. Together, they rescued enough prepared food to feed more than 500 pe...

Strauss Group reduces food waste through partnership with Leket Israel
August 2013. In Israel, hundreds of thousands tons of food are wasted each year. As a major food producer, the Strauss Group works with Leket Israel to ensure that food nearing its sell-by dates, but still suitable for eating, reaches the needy. Over 1.8 million people in Israel suffer from food ...

Onward Israel volunteers join Leket
August 2013. In a recent TWEET by Onward Israel's Doug Kandl, and retweeted by the Jewish Agency, participants of the Onward Israel's service-learning program can be seen picking onions for the needy at Leket Israel's farm located on Moshav Nahalal. Great work Onward Israel participants!

AEPi Fraternity Awards Leket Israel $25,000 at Centennial Celebration
In a recent TWEET by the Jewish Fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), Leket Israel's Lauren Yoked can be seen accepting a check for $25,000 by AEPi's University of Houston chapter Upsilon Eta during the fraternity's Centennial celebration held on August 7th, 2013 at the Waldorf-Astoria NYC.

Fresh tomatoes from Moshav Sharona
August 2013 - Leket Israel recently dispatched its picking staff to Moshav Sharona (near Yavne'el in the Galil) to rescue 30 metric tons (66,000 lbs) of tomatoes. Rather than being left to fall and rot on the ground, the bountiful harvest was transferred to Leket Israel's warehouses and then imme...

The future begins with a sandwich
Good nutrition is vital in helping children maximize their potential. With the new school year just beginning, so is Leket Israel's Sandwiches for Kids project, now in its 8th year. Read on for a few personal accounts from the more than 8,000 underprivileged kids served each day by the project f...

Over 4.5 Million Meals Rescued in 10 Years
Founded in 2003, the David A. Cohen Family Meal Rescue Project was our first initiative to go national. Today, 10 years later, hundreds of volunteers together with our staff and drivers are on track to rescue 1,000,000 hot meals in 2013 from banquet halls, caterers, restaurants, food malls, and h...

VIDEO:  We love Leket Israel because...
Leket Israel works to reduce waste and alleviate hunger through the rescue and redistribution of nutritious food. Check out what our volunteers, food donors and nonprofit recipient agencies have to say about why they love us…

Make Haste - Don't Waste
Leket Israel recently spoke with food waste expert and author of American Wasteland, Jonathan Bloom, to learn more about his work in preventing food waste, the challenges we as a society face and how we can all make changes to minimize the problem. For the exclusive interview and for tips on how ...

Appreciation Breakfast for Sandwich Volunteers
August 2013. Each morning of the school year, our dedicated Sandwiches for Kids Project volunteers rise bright and early to prepare close to 9,000 sandwiches for disadvantaged school children. In honor of their dedication, Leket Israel recently hosted an appreciation breakfast. Have a great summ...

2,300 Meals Rescued from the Maccabiah Games
August 2013. From the closing event for the Maccabiah Games recently, 2,300 prepared meals were donated by Catering Republic. The meals help fed approximately 2,300 people in need across the country! Thanks to Catering Republic for working with Leket Israel's Meal Rescue program!