Federation-Supported Food Program
Helps Israeli Sister-City’s Most Vulnerable
Leket Israel has made it possible to feed 800 vulnerable people in Yokneam with hundreds of pounds of produce.
Leket Israel, a food harvesting organization in Israel, is currently working very closely with Kol HaLev, a food pantry in Yokneam, St. Louis’ sister-city in Israel, to support the organization's food parcel distribution activities among needy families. Leket Israel receives a targeted donation from Jewish Federation of St. Louis as part of its strategic plan to assist vulnerable Jews around the world.
Because of Leket Israel's assistance, Kol HaLev has been able to reduce food expenses and provide weekly food packages to more than a 100 needy families -- representing 800 people in the Yokneam region.
In addition, 60 elderly members of the Yokneam senior center participated in nutrition workshops last year.
In an effort to encourage volunteerism among Yokneam youth, Leket Israel has made plans to subsidize a bus to transport a group of at-risk teenage girls from Bayit HaCham L'Nahara in Yokneam to participate in vegetable picking in Nahalal.
The picking site is part of a new initiative whereby Leket Israel cultivates a broad range of vegetables in cooperation with local farmers, and then utilizes volunteers to pick the produce as a supplement to food rescued for the needy.
Since the introduction of the project to Yokneam, Kol HaLev has made positive operational changes and is becoming more and more receptive each day to the importance of food safety and nutrition standards.
The organization is purchasing greater quantities of nutritionally balanced food and is saving significantly on its food budget in the process.
Information from Yael Shapira
Federation Representative - Jewish Federations of Greater Atlanta and St. Louis
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