Founded in 2003, Leket Israel serves as the country's largest food bank and food rescue network actively working to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel's diverse population. Help Israel's Needy - Support Israel's National Food Bank. Read on to learn more.
Statistics reveal that a quarter of Israel’s 7.7 million citizens (1.9 million people) 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 needlessly destroyed each year. Furthermore,studies in Israel indicate that nearly a quarter of the country's population suffers from an imbalanced or insufficient diet due to poverty.
The paradox of nutritional insecurity in the face of large scale food wastage led in 2003 to the establishment of Leket Israel. Today, with the assistance of 55,000 annual volunteers, Leket Israel operates the country’s foremost food rescue programs - reclaiming and distributing over a half million pounds of nutritious food every week to benefit Israel's poor. Fresh produce, prepared meals, and manufactured perishable goods are rescued or sourced from over 1,000 food suppliers and redistributed free of charge to 180 nonprofit organizations (NPOs) serving over 140,000 needy people on a weekly basis. In addition, Leket Israel supplies over 1.2 million volunteer prepared sandwiches (7,500-8,000/day) to underprivileged children from 130 schools in over 30 cities. As an umbrella organization, Leket Israel also work's to assist at-risk population groups and the NPOs who serve them through nutrition education, capacity building, and food safety projects designed to improve professional operating standards. Leket Israel serves all population groups at-risk in Israel regardless of gender, ethnic background, or religion.
Thank you for your interest in Leket Israel. We invite you to support our organization, and to take an active role in food rescue and hunger alleviation in Israel.
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