In addition to the funds The BJF provides Leket through our annual campaign, You Belong In Birmingham, The BJF’s initiative to engage young people in their 20s and 30s to the Birmingham Jewish community, raised over $1200 for Leket.
We recently received the following email from Leket. Here are edited excerpts.
Leket Israel is once again truly thankful for The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s support of our meal rescue program, established to collect excess food that would otherwise be destroyed from caterers, hotels, restaurants and the Israel Defense Forces for the benefit of the needy.
During January through May 2015, the project rescued 631,093 meals (meat and 2 side dishes) from 300 suppliers for redistribution to 60 nonprofit agencies throughout the country serving a broad range of Israelis in need.
The project has experienced a 13% growth compared to the same period in 2014. This growth can be attributed to the addition of caterers, hotels and other organizations willing to donate unused food.
Additional growth is anticipated in the second half of 2015 through the recent entry into the project of an additional three army bases and 10 hotels in the Eilat region and the recruitment of Israel Defense Force bases in northern Israel.
The cost to rescue a meal is less than $0.25, while the meal’s wholesale value is $3.95; providing a 16:1 return on donor investment.
We thank the Federation again for its support, and invite you to visit with us when you are next in Israel.
Photo is of Birmingham’s Sunshine Scott picking tangerines to be distributed to families in need in November 2013 during The BJF’s Young Leadership trip to Israel.
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