Founded in 2003, the Leket Meal Rescue Project was the organization's first initiative to go national. In 2012, hundreds of registered volunteers together with the organization's staff & drivers rescued 770,000 excess meals and 110,000 loaves of bread from banquet halls, caterers, restaurants, food malls, and hotels throughout Israel. Rescued food is immediately transported to local nonprofit organizations (NPOs) serving the needy or placed in refrigeration for distribution to NPOs the next day.
Every night, tens of hundreds of Israelis celebrate weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and other
life-cycle events with catered affairs. Thousands more enjoy an evening out for dinner or an after-movie bite to eat. Of course, special occasions are cause for great celebration, but what about the food left over at the end of the night?
Leket Israel partners with catering halls, restaurants, bakeries and hotels in all regions of the country to ensure that surplus food is delivered to needy people. Late each evening volunteers using their own cars collect the donated food and deliver it directly to non-profit organizations or to Leket Israel's warehouses for cold storage and delivery the next day. In addition, Leket Israel's trucks each day pick up surplus meals from hotels and other corporate cafeterias.
Through the combined efforts of hundreds of registered volunteers and Leket Israel's logistics, over 1,000,000 meals and 115,000 loaves of bread will be rescued in 2013.
For questions, or to donate excess food to The David A. Cohen Family Leket Meal Rescue Project, please contact:
Leket Israel Main Office
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