This year’s World Environment Day on June 5th, is focused on Connecting People to Nature, with various NGOs devoting their efforts towards linking their members back towards that which was given to us to enjoy from Day One.
But one organization is taking the effort a little farther. Leading the world’s largest gleaning program, the theme is being taken especially seriously at Leket Israel- The National Food Bank. With more than 55,000 annual volunteers from Israel and abroad, there’s a huge force prepared to work the land while rescuing fresh food for those most in need…
World Environment Day has become known as The People’s Day in that above all, World Environment Day is the people’s day for doing something to take care of the Earth or to become an agent of change.”
Leket Israel’s volunteers glean, sort and pack high quality surplus fruits and vegetables that have been rescued for delivery to its nonprofit partners, providing food to 175,000+ needy people weekly.
“What better way to reconnect people with nature than by encouraging them to get out and get their hands dirty,” commented Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel’s Founder and Chairman.
“Leket is rescuing 17,000 tons of nutritious food from destruction thanks to its dedicated and invaluable volunteers.”
-Excerpted from jewishpress.com