In the growing wave of voluntourism that is trending, Leket Israel stands at the forefront. In response to Leket Israel’s one-third increase in voluntourism this past year, there has been a significant amount of press and coverage of this! The news outlets that are listed below explain:
“RA’ANANA, ISRAEL – Leket Israel-The National Food Bank, a non-profit food rescue organization in Israel, expects to host 20,000 volunteers from abroad in 2016. That figure represents a 31 percent increase over figures from 2015. According to these estimates, more than half of these travelers will be U.S. citizens aiming to make a difference and to have a positive impact on the Israeli community while on their own vacations. Volunteers will contribute to food collection efforts at Leket’s logistics center or serve as rural farming hands, picking excess produce in the fields for distribution to the needy.
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“It is amazing that so many foreign travelers are willing to take time out of their vacation to come support the Israeli community,” said Leket Israel Founder and Chairman Joseph Gitler. “Their work directly impacts the amount of fresh nutritious food that Leket Israel provides to the growing number of Israel’s poor.”
More than 52,000 people volunteer with Leket annually, many of whom come from the United States, Canada, South America and Europe.
According to Leket Israel’s 2016 Food Waste and Rescue Report, more than 2.5 million tons of edible food, with a market value of approximately $2 billion (8 billion NIS) is wasted annually in Israel. These “voluntourists” are helping to reduce the amount of food waste by distributing it to areas and organizations in need. Rescuing 25 percent of Israel’s food waste translates to nearly $785 million (3 billion NIS) in savings which narrows the gap between those that can readily afford food and those in need. After its efforts in 2015, Leket estimated it collected more than 30 million pounds of food for the needy, food that would otherwise have been dumped or thrown out as trash.”