In the past few months, Leket Israel, in cooperation with Colel Chabad-Eshel Jerusalem and the Ministry of Welfare have begun the Food Security Project, a joint initiative to provide Israel's poorest families with a package of healthy food every month. As part of Leket's nutrition workshop program, a workshop for project recipients in Yavne is now underway. The workshop, led by dietitian Sivan David, teaches project recipients how to prepare healthy meals, stretch a limited food budget and use ingredients that may be unfamiliar.
Arutz 7 and Jewish Press covered the story.
From Arutz 7:
"...Colel Chabad and Leket Israel launched a cooking course designed to educate homemakers. In the course, participants learn how to integrate healthy ingredients into their recipes and ensure that they are utilizing the healthy foods provided to them.
Leket Israel is one of the leading organizations feeding Israel's needy and providing them with healthy and locally sourced ingredients. The Food Security Project is managed jointly by Leket Israel, Colel Chabad, and Israel's Welfare Ministry.
The course is taught by dietitian Sivan David, who focuses on how specific products can be used to create both healthy and tasty meals. According to David, many homemakers are only familiar with the traditional ingredients that they grew up with. They therefore disregard products like quinoa and whole grains, which can act as welcome nutritional supplements and are also more economical than proteins such as red meat.
The classes also shows how ideal diets require an investment in all meals, and that the body requires different energies at different hours for maximum productivity.
Food Security Program Director Hila Yadai, who is running the pilot class in Yavneh, said she is deeply encouraged by the response from the participants.
'Already at the second class, we had some of the women come over to us and mention the new foods they prepared based on the first class. Some proudly told us how they are drinking much more water instead of juice. These classes not only give women an enjoyable time learning something new, they will [also] greatly impact the health and happiness on their families at home.'
'It gives us a real sense of fulfillment that we aren’t just handing out food but giving them the tools to better manage their kitchens and their budgets.'"
From Jewish Press:
"There is a well-known problem among the poorer segments of society that in addition to facing challenges of lack of food, they are also eating the wrong foods. This leads to problems of obesity, diabetes and other diet related health problems.
Combating this trend is a central part of Colel Chabad’s Food Security Program where beneficiaries are provided with food staples and fresh fruits and vegetables, but also educational resources to help them eat in a more healthy way, and to manage their homes in a sustainable manner.
Colel Chabad recently teamed with Leket Israel to launch a Sadnat Bishul (Cooking Course) designed to educate homemakers — most often mothers — on how to integrate healthy ingredients into their recipes to ensure they are using the healthy foods provided to them. As an organization feeding the needy with healthy and locally-sourced ingredients, Leket joins with Colel Chabad and Israel’s Welfare Ministry as an official partner in the Israeli Food Security Project.
The course launched with a pilot based out of Yavneh, a largely working-class town in Israel’s center which currently has 118 families benefiting from the Food Security Project. Of those families, 35 have registered to attend the course, which will be divided into four classes, each dedicated to a different aspect of food education and preparation." FULL STORY