Leket Israel is the largest food bank in Israel, and has been a leader and an expert in food rescue nationwide since 2003. The organization sources, collects and redistributes fresh, perishable, quality food, which would otherwise be considered waste, from farms, hotels, military bases and catering halls. This is done in an effort to aid the quarter of the country’s population that lives below the poverty line. Leket works with 195 non-profits throughout the country to provide nutritious food to over 175,000 Israelis weekly. Last year alone, Leket collected and delivered over 30 million pounds of fresh, healthy food for the needy.
Thousands of tons of quality food go to waste in Israel and is estimated at 40% of all the food produced in the country. This paradox of large scale food waste coupled with the growing number of Israel’s poor led to the founding of Leket Israel, to bring quality surplus food to people who really need it.
To meet this goal, Leket Israel carries out a wide array of food rescue activities: harvesting fresh produce from farmers’ fields; collecting surplus agriculture from packing houses; rescuing cooked food from various suppliers, as well as food products from the manufacturing industry. A significant portion of Leket’s food rescue activities is carried out by its tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers, over 52,000 in 2016.
The excess food is redistributed through Leket Israel’s elaborate logistics system, comprised of a fleet of cutting edge, refrigerated trucks. Leket’s trucks transport the food to two state of the art logistics centers in Northern and Central Israel. The food is then stored in optimal and safe conditions before being transferred to our partner NPOs all across Israel, while maintaining the food’s high quality, and adhering to strict food safety guidelines and regulations.
Leket Israel works closely with its partner NPOs to provide them with professional guidance: infrastructure support, food safety consultations, and nutrition workshops for staff and recipients. Leket Israel assists all at-risk population groups regardless of gender, ethnic background, or religion.
Leket Israel is constantly striving to realize its vision to rescue all surplus food in Israel and alleviate hunger for people in need. To achieve this goal, Leket is involved in an ongoing process of finding additional food sources while employing volunteers to assist in its mission. Thank you for your interest in Leket Israel. We invite you to take an active role in developing food rescue and alleviating hunger in Israel.