"...a terrific group of students from the Milwaukee Jewish Day School came to volunteer with Leket Israel – The National Food Bank yesterday.
With their hard work and enthusiasm, the day school's eighth grade class rolled up their sleeves to pick 1500 lbs. of fresh kohlrabi for distribution to Israelis in need. This kohlrabi will feed 350 needy families. Leket is truly grateful for the Milwaukee Day School's partnership in helping to rescue surplus food to benefit Israel's poor.
"It's wonderful when schools come and get their hands dirty volunteering with Leket Israel," commented Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel's Founder and Chairman. "Picking produce in the fields with Leket Israel's flagship program Project Leket, is a unique way for today's youth to connect with the cause, the land and Israel overall. Showing the youth that they can make a true difference even with limited time, is of utmost importance in empowering the future generation. We would be thrilled to welcome more visitors from Milwaukee on future visits to Israel."
Leket Israel sources, collects and redistributes fresh, perishable, quality food, which would otherwise be considered waste, from farms, hotels, military bases and catering halls. This is done in an effort to aid the quarter of the country's population that lives below the poverty line. Leket works with 195 non-profits throughout the country to provide nutritious food to over 175,000 Israelis weekly. Last year alone, Leket collected and delivered over 30 million pounds of fresh, healthy food for the needy.
We are thankful for the partnership with Leket Israel for giving MJDS students make a difference in Israel."
-Excerpted from www.mjds.org/about/mjds-news