April 1st, 2020
We are continuing to distribute fruit and vegetables to the needy through our partner nonprofits located all over the country.
In addition, in a partnership with the nonprofit Tovanot B’Hinuch in Bat Yam 175 families received 340 boxes containing a range of fruit and vegetables.
Leket teams are continuing to rescue food and to distribute it to the needy through our partner nonprofits.
- Our Leket to Table drivers rescued 867 hot meals, all from IDF bases.
- Our Project Leket workers picked and collected straight from farmers and packing houses 182,983 lbs. (83 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables. All rescued produce will be distributed to needy throughout the county.
March 31st, 2020
In our new partnership program with local authorities, boxes of packed fruit and vegetables are delivered to different distribution centers from which they are sent to needy families with the help of local volunteers.
This project is continuing to expand across the country and has reached more cities including Tiberias, Mazkeret Batya and Kiryat Malachi. In Kiryat Malachi we are working with the nonprofit “Ezrat Ahim”.
In addition, our teams are continuing to pick and collect fresh produce, and rescue hot meals. All rescued food is distributed to the needy through our partner nonprofits located throughout the country.
- Our Leket to Table drivers rescued 1,498 hot meals, all from IDF bases.
- Our Project Leket team managed to pick and collect straight from farmers and packing houses 94,798 lbs. (43 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables
March 29th, 2020
We are continuing to create new partnerships with local authorities and are now working with cities including Bet Shemesh, Givat Shmuel, Bet Shean, Modiin, Lod and more.
We are delivering boxes of fruit and vegetables made up for families to different distribution centers in the cities. From there, they are sent out to needy families.
In parallel, our teams are continuing to rescue excess food, picking and collecting fresh produce and hot meals. All rescued food is then distributed to the needy through our partner nonprofit organizations, located throughout the country:
- Our Leket to Table drivers rescued 897 meals, all from IDF bases.
- Our Project Leket department managed to pick and collect some 125,663 lbs. (57 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables directly from farmers
March 27th, 2020
The second week of the crisis signaled the start of new joint initiatives alongside our continuing efforts to rescue food for the needy.
This week, our Leket drivers and Leket to Table team managed to rescue and distribute 44,300 hot meals to the nonprofit organizations we work with. All meals are made up of a main course and two side dishes.
In addition to our food rescue efforts, our teams delivered hot meals to the doorsteps of some 6,000 housebound needy. Each needy person received a box containing a weeks’ worth of meals, in total some 36,000 meals were distributed. We managed to double the number of meal recipients compared to last week. Next week, we hope to provide 9,000 needy with a weeks’ worth of hot meals. We also are making preparations for Passover to assure that no one will go hungry.
This week we also began a new project with the nonprofit Nevet, supplying hot meals and nutritious breakfast packages to the homes of hundreds of families of at-risk teens from different schools.
The quantities of fresh produce being donated at present are vast due to the closure of hotels, catering companies, restaurants and more. Due to the importance of supplying the needy population with fresh fruit and vegetables, we do not turn down any requests from farmers to come and rescue produce. We have started renting additional refrigerating space, and our trucks are delivering the produce all over the country. This week our Leket field coordinators, team of drivers and logistics workers rescued some 1036172 lbs. (470 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables, some of which has already been delivered to our nonprofit partners.
New partnerships and projects that we have started with local authorities, community centers and nonprofits are also now receiving the fresh produce. We packaged and delivered over 200 boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables that were distributed to some 120 families in Givat Olga. The same amount was sent to Enush, a nonprofit in Kfar Saba. The population Enush supports have also recently lost their jobs. We plan on continuing to increase the delivery of fresh produce to a larger number of needy recipients
March 26th, 2020
Our workers are in the midst of delivering hot meals to the homes of 6,000 elderly, families of at-risk teenagers and those housebound with no access to food.
Our teams are continuing to rescue excess food, picking and collecting fresh produce and saving hot meals. All rescued food is being distributed to the needy through our partner nonprofit organizations located all over the country.
- Our Leket to Table drivers rescued 1,407 hot meals, all from IDF bases
- Our Project Leket team managed to pick and collect 143,300 lbs. (65 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables
March 25th, 2020
Our teams are working hard to continue to supply packages of fruit and vegetables to needy families. We plan on expanding this operation and increasing cooperation with one of our partnering non-profit organizations “Enosh”. “Enosh” helps and supports people with mental disabilities. Many of those they assist worked until recently in factories as the disability benefits they are entitled to are too small to live off of. Due to the current crisis, they have lost their jobs.
In parallel, our teams are continuing to rescue excess food, both hot meals and fresh produce. All rescued food is distributed to the needy through our partner non-profit organizations, located throughout the country.
- Our Leket to Table drivers rescued 1,287 meals, the majority from IDF bases all over Israel
- Our Project Leket team picked and collected 174165 lbs. (79 tons) of a wide variety of fruit and vegetables including potatoes, cucumbers, cabbage and more.
March 24th, 2020
We are excited to share that after receiving many requests from local authorities and community centers we have started a new initiative to enable us to deliver fresh produce to the needy.
In Givat Olga, the first place to take part, 200 packages of varied and fresh produce will be distributed amongst 120 families. We hope and expect this new initiative to expand to other areas throughout the country.
In parallel, our teams are continuing to rescue excess food for Israel’s needy population:
- Our Leket to Table drivers collected 1,423 hot meals, the majority from army bases countrywide.
- Our Project Leket team picked and collected (over the course of just one day!) 116,845 (53 tons) of various fruit and vegetables.
March 23rd, 2020
We are continuing to work on Leket’s emergency meal program for the elderly and vulnerable. We aim to increase (and almost double in comparison to last week) the amount of hot meals we will distribute this Wednesday to 4,500.
In parallel, our teams are continuing to rescue excess food and to deliver it to our partner non-profits throughout the country:
- Yesterday, our Leket to Table drivers rescued and distributed 2,879 hot meals. The majority were collected from IDF bases
- Our Project Leket team picked and collected a large variety of fresh produce, some 167,551 lbs. (76 tons) of potatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers and tomatoes
- There has been a significant increase in the amount of fresh produce being donated by farmers. We are seeking storage solutions to enable us to continue to collect and store all the produce for the needy, especially during these challenging times.
March 22nd, 2020
Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis we have had to come up with innovative solutions to enable us to continue operating. We had to devise an alternate plan of how to serve the housebound needy population as well as the elderly.
On Thursday, we launched our unique emergency program for these difficult times. We distributed over 15,000 hot meals to 2,500 needy and elderly cooked for us by North Food catering company. 6 meals were delivered to the doorstep of each recipient, enabling us to provide them with a hot meal for Shabbat and for each week day. On Wednesday of this week, we aim to distribute another round of hot meals to an increased number of people, especially the elderly.
During the week, the Leket to Table drivers and team were able to still rescue and distribute 30,586 hot meals in addition to the emergency meal program we launched. Each rescued meal contained a main dish and two side servings.
Our field coordinators, drivers and logistics team collected 798,073 lbs. (362 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables. These included 145,505 lbs. (66 tons) of potatoes, 121,254 lbs. (55 tons) of pomelos, 85,980 lbs. (39 tons) of cucumbers, 77,161 lbs. (35 tons) of carrots, 55,115 lbs. (25 tons) of tomatoes, 50,706 lbs. (23 tons) of grapefruits, 44,092 lbs. (20 tons) of mushrooms and more.
We are continuing our activities, routine and emergency, whilst adhering to all new rules and guidelines in place due to the crisis.
March 19th, 2020
Thank you all for you interest during this time and for following our daily updates.
Today our new meal distribution program for the elderly and those who are house bound began operating. The hot meals for this new project are cooked by “North Food” company whom we also work with throughout the year, a wonderful company which cooks from the heart for the needy. The new program enables us to assist them too, as now they can continue employing their workers. All the cooked meals meet strict food health and safety standards.
As well as this unique new program, our teams are continuing to collect and rescue excess food and to distribute it to the needy.
- Our Leket to Table drivers saved 2072 hot meals. The majority were from IDF bases throughout the country.
- Project Leket: Our field coordinators, pickers and drivers collected and rescued 62611 lbs. (28.4 tons) of fresh produce including potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, citrus fruits and mushrooms.
We will continue to update daily.
March 18th, 2020
Yesterday 30 of our non-profit partners closed their operations. We are doing everything we can to continue to provide food to ones still running, as well as to our recipients who are home bound.
Our Leket drivers were able to rescue and distribute 2,287 hot meals mainly from IDF bases and companies still operating. Although, we have been able to continue rescuing hot meals until now, we do expect the numbers to drop over the next few days.
Our Leket field coordinators collected 45,000,000 lbs (20,300,000 kg) of fresh and nutritious produce. It has been sent to be packed at our Ra’anana Logistics Center. The produce can only be sorted and packed by Leket workers as due to current circumstances we cannot use the help of our dedicated volunteers.
The food will be distributed through our nonprofit partners.
Tomorrow we will begin to operate our meal distribution program for the elderly and for those who have to stay home, bringing them meals to their doors. Stay updated! We will continue to give daily updates throughout this time.
March 17th, 2020
We are continuing our efforts to rescue and distribute as much food as we can to those who need it most. Yesterday, we rescued and delivered 8,789 hot meals from IDF army bases and companies who are still working. Sadly, our hot meal rescue and distribution line in Eilat is no longer operating as all of the hotels there are closed.
Project Leket is still running. Yesterday in the fields, we picked 54,600 pounds (27.3 tons) of fresh fruit and vegetables. We also collected 87,400 pounds (43.7 tons) of produce from a packing house including 6 tons of beets, 6 tons of radishes, 14 tons of persimmons and more.
We are currently working on creating an alternate plan so we can continue to provide hot meals to Israel’s needy. Thank you for checking in on our operations during this difficult time. We will continue to provide daily updates on our activities and all developments.
March 16th, 2020
Especially during this crisis we are continuing to work to help those who need us. As our operations continue we are collecting food from hotels and restaurants due to close. The IDF is also continuing to donate excess food.
Yesterday, 9,042 hot meals were rescued as well as 50,265 lbs (22,800 kg) of fruit and vegetables.
Both the hot meals and fresh produce are speedily being distributed throughout the country to the need