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September 27, 2020

Who by earthquake and who by (coronavirus) plague?

In 5781, Unetaneh Tokef is even more relevant than in most recent years, as its words can be read as a direct commentary on the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 27, 2020

It’s déjà vu all over again: Lockdown already wreaking hunger in Israel, again

As stomachs rumble across the nation, our food distribution charity is again busier than ever, but it’s hard to ask donors to give yet again

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September 27, 2020

Are Israelis going hungry?

Two million Israelis have reported loss of income due to the crisis, and about 510,000 citizens have not yet returned to the labor market since the beginning of the corona crisis.

September 17, 2020

Ein Essen, zwei Mizwot

Die Hilfsorganisation Leket kauft Speisen von Restaurants und verteilt sie an Bedürftige

September 15, 2020

Holiday food drive gets backing of Israeli celebs, including stars of ‘Shtisel’ and ‘The Boys’

National food bank Leket Israel and Nacht Philanthropic Ventures team up to provide healthy meals to 350,000 Israeli families struggling with hunger ahead of the High Holidays

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September 11, 2020

Oporto Jewish community lend’s largest food bank in Israel a hand

Portuguese community donates €15,000 to Leket Israel in an effort to help it deal with the growing need to care for those hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.

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September 10, 2020

3 charities to make coronavirus-related contributions, boost positivity

‘To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own’

September 10, 2020

In the wake of COVID crisis, Leket Israel gives food and faith to Israel’s poor

Since COVID-19 came to Israel, Leket has intensified its activities and has delivered 1.8 million hot meals and 14,000 tons of fresh produce to people in need.

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September 10, 2020

Portuguese Jewish community donates money to Israeli food rescue org

The donation was given on Wednesday by Dias Ben Zion, president of the Jewish community in Porto, to Leket Israel.

August 26, 2020

National food bank faces rising demand for meals, plummeting food sources

Due to COVID-19, donations of unused prepared food from hotels, companies and army bases are down by more than half while demand for meals is up 50%

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August 19, 2020

New project supports struggling eateries and feeds the needy

With caterers and hotels dormant, Leket Israel doesn’t have enough rescued meals for those in need, so it is trying a mutually beneficial model.

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August 11, 2020

COVID-19 is about to force a food insecurity reckoning in Israel

the strain on Israel’s piecemeal network of food banks and charities is growing daily…

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August 5, 2020

Leket Israel Founder -Joseph Gitler

August 2, 2020

The day Israel’s president showed up to help me feed pandemic poor

Ruby Rivlin came to sort and pack produce for needy families and to learn more about today’s food security challenges. That’s true leadership

July 8, 2020

No nonsense – hunger is a real issue in Israel

Are our government representatives, people who were democratically elected to serve the public, really blind to the situation?

July 6, 2020

On today’s Israel Uncensored with Josh Hasten, an interview with Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket, Israel’s National Food Bank. 

July 2, 2020

Leket Israel offers nutrition workshops online 

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June 3, 2020

It’s a win/win

Teaneck artist exchanges original art for donation to hunger-fighting charities

May 29, 2020

Everything is available for free, and Kyncl said that neither YouTube nor Tribeca are monetizing the event. Instead, they’re directing viewers to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts, including the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia.

May 29, 2020

The festival is free on YouTube and organisers will accept donations in support of Covid-19 relief efforts involving World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save The Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others. A donate button or link will be on every film page.

May 28, 2020

YouTube partners with Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Sundance for Global Film Fest

While the festival is free of charge, audiences can click a link to donate to COVID-19 relief efforts by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation, Give2Asia and other organizations.

May 27, 2020

We Are One Global Film Festival, a YouTube-based presentation of features and shorts from across the planet raising funds for COVID-19 relief via the World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation, Give2Asia and several other charitable organizations.

May 27, 2020

All will be presented for free, but donations will be collected to help benefit World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation, Give2Asia, and more.

May 27, 2020

The festival is free on YouTube and organisers will accept donations in support of Covid-19 relief efforts involving World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNHCR, Save The Children, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others. 

May 26, 2020

We Are One: Global Film Festival Unveils Lineup Including Ricky Powell docu; Talks With Francis Ford Coppola And Bong Joon-Ho

The fest will provide COVID-19 relief through donations to the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children,, Doctors Without Borders, Leket Israel, GO Foundation and Give2Asia, among others. Audiences will be able to donate via a link on every film page.

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May 26, 2020

New Olim and communal responsibility – watch

Nefesh B’Nefesh features pre-Shavuot Zoom program Wednesday evening

May 6, 2020

Fauda actress, Marina Maximilian Blumin, shows support for Leket Israel during interview 

April 14, 2020

Fokus Jerusalem interviews Leket Founder Joseph Gitler, on Leket’s response to COVID-19 

(10:00-12:50)

April 10, 2020

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia announced another round of grants from its COVID-19 Emergency Fund that has raised more than $950,000.

Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, to purchase nutritionally balanced meals for high-risk individuals

April 7, 2020

Caring During Corona

Leket Israel “Steps Up To The Plate” to serve food to those in need

April 6, 2020

Israelis face extra hardships in preparing for Passover this year

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many Israeli families are shopping for the holiday, and is presenting special challenges to the elderly, the disadvantaged and those under quarantine.

April 6, 2020

Israeli farmers donate 1,000 tons of crops to food bank

Closed hotels, restaurants and caterers amid corona crisis left food bank empty, so farmers stepped in to help.

April 6, 2020

Israelis face extra hardships in preparing for Passover this year

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many Israeli families are shopping for the holiday, and is presenting special challenges to the elderly, the disadvantaged and those under quarantine.

April 6, 2020

Israelis face extra hardships in preparing for Passover this year

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many Israeli families are shopping for the holiday, and is presenting special challenges to the elderly, the disadvantaged and those under quarantine.

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April 2, 2020

 

Farmers and municipalities are teaming up with nonprofits to feed struggling Israelis during the corona crisis.

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April 1, 2020

The Four Questions of Hope

With Pesach just around the corner, let’s stop complaining at a distance and refocus our observations.

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March 31, 2020

Grapevine: Two people, three opinions

Inspired last week by the NIS 1 million gift given by the Nacht Foundation to Leket, the National Food Bank, the Friedmans followed with a somewhat more moderate donation, but nonetheless an impressive sum of $50,000 to help feed people whose income has been significantly depleted by the coronavirus crisis.

 

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March 31, 2020

For Tel Aviv’s Homeless, Dying of Hunger Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19

Across Israel shelters are closed, restaurants no longer offer leftovers and surging numbers of addicts rely on overextended nonprofits. Protection or isolation from the coronavirus? Forget it

March 29, 2020

Food-Aid Quality Correlates Positively With Diet Quality of Food Pantry Users in the Leket Israel Food Bank Collaborative. 

March 29, 2020

US Ambassador to Israel donates $50 thousand for needy Israelis

David Friedman and his wife Tammy donate $50,000 to Leket Israel, Israel’s largest food aid organization.

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March 26, 2020

GRAPEVINE: The president is grounded

The Nachts’ generous donation will enable Leket to supply thousands of nourishing meals to the needy, especially senior citizens who are living alone.

March 26, 2020

As corona crisis grows, Israelis find a way to help out

From supporting local business to running errands for those stuck in quarantine, kindness is key in the face of COVID-19.

March 26, 2020

With schools shuttered over pandemic, NGOs partner to ensure no child goes hungry

Nevet and Leket Israel joint forces to deliver warm meals and food packages to families and children in the Nevet Breakfast Program.

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March 24, 2020

NGO that gives meals to schoolkids in need will deliver to homes amid pandemic

NEVET and Leket Israel join forces to provide pre-packaged hot meals, ensure deprived children and their families continue to benefit from nutritional food

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March 18, 2020

NGOs grapple with how to help most vulnerable during coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus is affecting communities worldwide and is hampering the ability of Israeli and Jewish non-profits to support the most vulnerable and at-risk populations, they say.

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March 17, 2020

Food charities call on government to chip in during virus crises

With mass layoffs expected, demand will be even higher, groups say, seeking assistance similar to that planned for small and medium businesses

March 12, 2020

Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket Israel, joins ILTV to discuss how the nonprofit sector is being impacted by Corona. 

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March 12, 2020

War-Mode: Israeli Charities Battle the Corona Crisis on the Front Lines 

“The coronavirus outbreak is affecting every aspect of Israeli society,” said the founder of Leket Israel.

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March 10, 2020

Charities will get us through Corona — here’s how

Nonprofits should now be radically revising plans and brainstorming creative solutions — and anyone who can should be volunteering

March 9, 2020

Leket Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler, speaks with Naomi Segal at Kan English about how Corona is effecting the nonprofit sector (11:36-20:05)

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February 28, 2020

The Shabbat Leftover Leap

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February 16, 2020

Hotels: Put ‘bathroom’ signs on your buffets!

We’re all worried about the water needed to wash extra towels, but we don’t care about the thousands of liters used to grow the food we throw away

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February 5, 2020

Bread and Ballots: The role of food in the next Israeli election

The government started to address the issue of food security but political paralysis and an economy dominated by monopolies have pushed it aside once again

February 4, 2020

Fokus Jerusalem speaks with Gidi Kroch about the impact of Leket Israel on feeding the poor in Israel. 

February 4, 2020

Bread and Ballots: The role of food in the next Israeli election

The government started to address the issue of food security but political paralysis and an economy dominated by monopolies have pushed it aside once again

January 3, 2020

Addressing one of the ramifications of poverty by a government-led food rescue program

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December 31, 2019

Elderly, child poverty increased in 2018, national report finds

NGOs combating poverty express concern with increasing poverty for elderly, although rate of overall poverty remained the same in 2018 over 2017 figures.

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December 23, 2019

US ambassador to Israel and friends rally round for those in need

The Ambassador, his family, and a group from the Embassy volunteered at Pantry Packers, making food parcels and wrapping gifts for the poor and needy.

December 22, 2019

Ambassador Friedman packs food, gifts for the needy in Jerusalem

David Friedman joins volunteers at Colel Chabad’s Pantry Packers center in Jerusalem to prepare packages for Israel’s needy.

November 11, 2019

Saving food waste and feeding the poor in Israel 

Join Simon Barrett as he interviews Gidi Kroch CEO of Leket a remarkable NGO that saves food waste and feeds the poor and needy in Israel based on the biblical concept of gleaning that features in the book of Ruth.

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October 12, 2019

My Kind Of Ushpizin

Updating the ancient practice of inviting elevated souls into our sukkah by finding the mitzvah heroes all around us.

October 2, 2019

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September 24, 2019

Grapevine: Feel The Fabric

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

 

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July 24, 2019

12 WAYS FAMILIES CAN GIVE BACK THIS SUMMER

There are plenty of opportunities to learn about Israel’s amazing array of nonprofit organizations and to volunteer with one or more of them.

July 15, 2019 

Paul Leiba is interviewed by Kan English Radio about the second annual Leket Live Mission

46:38 – 54:57

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July 3, 2019 

Local Girls Volunteer With Leket Israel

Three bat mitzvah girls from Bergen County came with their families to volunteer with Leket Israel — The National Food Bank — on their recent trip to Israel.

June 27, 2019 

Top 32 summer activities for kids in Israel

Wondering what to plan for your kids this summer in Israel? Here’s our ultimate list of 32 activities for children to enjoy even in hot weather. #32 – Leket Israel

June 26, 2019 

Deena Fielder joins Rebekah Saltzman on Journey to Organization

Learn about what happens to food waste when we not longer need, why food waste is an environmental problem, how Leket Israel helps rescue food and how you can volunteer to help! 

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April 25, 2019 

Counting the Omer: the time of your life

During this period of the year, we have a way of measuring each day. In Jewish tradition, it is called Sefirat Ha’omer, the Counting of the Omer.

April 23, 2019 

The average Israeli family throws out a month and a half’s worth of food every year. Yet, over 20 percent of Israelis live in poverty and face food insecurity. 

ILTV.tv‘s Natasha Kirtchuk met with the people who are trying to rescue all of the food that is thrown away.

 

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April 18, 2019 

Israel gets ready for Passover celebrations

There is tremendous amount of food waste, as bread products are thrown out leading up to and after the holiday

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April 18, 2019 

Meat, fish and chicken consumption up for Passover; so is food waste

Agriculture Ministry statistics find chicken purchases increase by 150%, Israelis throw away more than NIS 1.1 billion worth of food before and after holiday

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April 5, 2019 

OPINION: What can people in the UK do to fight food waste in Israel?

Despite being the Start Up Nation 20, percent of Israel’s population lives below the poverty line. Joseph Gitler of Leket reflects on what you ca do to change this

March 29, 2019 

Feeding Israel’s Hungry

Ahead of the elections, Leket’s Joseph Gitler urges the new government to take ‘a bigger piece of the pie’

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March 20, 2019 

Nachum welcomed Joseph Gitler, Founder of Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank, to this morning’s JM in the AM to discuss helping those in need for the holidays and all year round. 

February 7, 2019

OurCrowd announces partnership with Leket Israel and it’s pledge to donate leftover food from the Summit to those in need. 

February 2, 2019

Enlace Judío México e Israel.– Cómo un abogado de Nueva York se fue a vivir a Israel, dejó su trabajo en alta tecnología y fundó Leket, la organización líder de Israel para evitar el desperdicio de alimentos.

January 25, 2019

Three Cohon awards on tap – Joseph Gitler to receive coveted Rabbi Samuel S. and A. Irma Cohon Memorial Foundation Award in Tucson on February 8th. 

January 17, 2019

A time to glean, a time to give, Conversation with Deena Fiedler – Da’at Travel’s photo blog

January 13, 2019

STARTUP STORIES from the STARTUP NATION interviews Leket Israel Founder and Chairman, Joseph Gitler.

In Part I, they discuss how Joseph identified the problem, and began the process of building the organization – and his hands-on approach to leading his army of volunteers.

January 13, 2019

Rescuing Israel’s Wasted Food 

How an NYC lawyer moved to Israel and left his hi-tech job to start Leket, Israel’s leading food rescue organization.

January 3, 2019

Food security in Israel: How do we care for our country’s poor? Leket CEO Reaction to NII Poverty Report 

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