TEANECK SUBURBANITE – March 24, 2016. “Joseph Gitler, formerly of Teaneck, was awarded the Yigal Alon prize for his significant impact against hunger in Israel March 9. In 2003, a few short years after immigrating to Israel, Gitler saw the strife that hunger brought to his neighbors while so much food was wasted by private families, restaurants, supermarkets, and catering halls. He began Leket Israel, a food rescue organization using a home refrigerator and the trunk of his car, redistributing food that otherwise would have been wasted, to the needy around him. Today, Leket Israel has 100 employees, 10 refrigerated trucks and with the help of more than 52,000 volunteers annually, is able to save and provide more than 2 million meals to Israel’s needy.”
PHOTO COURTESY OF RONNIE STEIN
Caption: Joseph Gitler, formerly of Teaneck, accepts the Yigal Alon prize for his significant impact against hunger in Israel.