Leket Israel’s CEO Gidi Kroch was named one of The Marker’s (a prestigious Israeli magazine) top one-hundred most influential leaders in Israel in 2016.
The Marker’s Top 100 Most Influential list covers the economic, governmental, legal (both private and civil), and social sectors. The newspaper is distributed to tens of thousands of people and is read by all decision makers in the country.
Leket Israel, with Gidi at the helm, will continue to expand the sphere of food rescue in Israel on behalf of those in need.
Text of the “The Marker” article:
Leket Israel is the leading food rescue organization in Israel and the only organization worldwide rescuing prepared meals…collecting over 200,000 hot meals every month; has 105 people on staff and an operating budget of 40 million NIS (approximately 10 million USD) which is raised through donations.
Gidi Kroch, Leket Israel CEO since 2007, shared that recently the Israeli Police Force became new partners in cooked meal donations, joining large catering companies, hotels, and army bases already donating their surplus food to Leket on a daily basis. “Our current challenge is recruiting governmental companies (i.e. Israel’s Electric Company among others) who currently lack any formal infrastructure for food rescue. Kroch recently turned to the Finance Minister to request his involvement in including governmental agencies in Leket Israel’s food rescue operations. “Given that the meals are prepared with public funds, there is no reason that surplus meals should not be returned to the public,” stated Kroch.
In addition, Leket Israel is on track to rescue 15 thousand tons of fresh fruits and vegetables by the end of 2016. Kroch concludes, “We expect to increase our agricultural produce rescue to 17 thousand tons in 2017. This means that we will be collecting the same amount in a week than we used to collect in a month less than a decade ago but there still remains a lot of work ahead of us.”