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EatGlobe Calls Leket Israel “A Role Model Food Bank”

Leket volunteers, March 6 2016
 Even if just one-fourth of the food currently wasted globally could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million people. The food bank Leket Israel is showing the world that saving all this food is possible: Leket alone has rescued more than 13.6 million kilograms of food last year. The organisation’s vision is to rescue all surplus food in its country.

Food is rescued from farmlands, packing houses, manufacturers and various cooked-food suppliers such as hotels, catering halls and military bases.

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Leket’s logistics system includes computerized management of all food-collection activities, goods and donation requests. It also incorporates a call center that coordinates all deliveries and warehouse inventories, and two logistical centers in northern and central Israel.

Leket Israel collecting food that will be distributed to people in need
This elaborate and well structured organisation started in 2003 out of the car of Joseph Gitler, who stored his first rescued meals in refrigerators in his driveway. Gitler converted an old chicken coop to create his first warehouse, and, in 2004, he purchased a few delivery trucks.

Today, Leket has a fleet of refrigerated trucks, which delivers food to 195 organisations. Leket helps its non-profit partners not only with food, but also with professional services such as food-safety consultations and nutrition workshops.

Of course, all of this requires a lot of manpower, which is why Leket has also gotten really good at attracting volunteers. This year, for example, the food bank is hosting 20,000 volunteers from abroad, a 31-percent increase from 2015. Volunteers can contribute in the food-collection centre, where they sort and pack food, or in the rural farming fields, where they pick excess produce for distribution.”

-Excerpted from www.eatglobe.com

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