The Jerusalem Post reports on Leket Israel’s feeding the needy this New Year.
“More than 1.7 million people – including 444,900 families and 776,500 children – live below the poverty line, accounting for 22% of the population, according to the National Insurance Institute annual Poverty Report released in December 2015.
Leket Israel – The National Food Bank announced it rescued from disposal a record 300 tons of apples for Rosh Hashana, ensuring that the needy would also be able to fulfill the holiday custom of dipping apples in honey for a sweet new year.
Due to the growing demand placed on Leket’s nonprofit partners before the holidays, the organization said it is expected to rescue more than 1,200 tons of fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.
Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel’s founder and chairman said “one of the great misconceptions is that while the overall economy is strong, poverty and hunger still exist in many parts of society. We are the Start-Up Nation, and yes, we have a flourishing middle class. However, there are still many pockets of our society where people struggle every day to put food on their tables for their families. The problem is even more acute in sectors of the country with high unemployment, and with the elderly and Holocaust survivors who live on very small pensions. They desperately need our help.”
Leket Israel is the largest nonprofit food rescue organization in the country that rescues fresh and perishable food, which would otherwise be considered waste, from farms, hotels, military bases and event halls.”
-Excerpted from jpost.com