“Modern-day heroes: Maccabees in our time
“As a part of our broader food rescue mission, we aim to combat the country’s hunger problems, so that the great citizens of the Israeli nation do not have to live below the poverty line,” he said,
Leket Israel, Israel’s national food bank as well as the country’s leading food rescue network, was started just three years after Gitler made aliya. Gitler’s desire to combat hunger began with a published study that showed one third of Israeli children live below the poverty line.
Leket has grown immensely from those first few years. In the past year alone, the organization collected and delivered over 30 million pounds of fresh food for the needy.
Since the establishment of the organization, Gitler’s contribution to this country has been widely commended, and he has been the recipient of several awards including the Bonei Zion Prize in 2014. He now lives in Ra’anana with his wife and their five children.”
-Excerpted from jpost.com