Edna Koren, mother of five and grandmother to many, made Aliyah to Ra’anana 30 years ago. Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Edna worked as the Assistant Director of the summer school program at the American School in Even Yehuda in central Israel.
“When I found myself with a lot of free time, I knew I had to find something to do and I knew Leket was where I wanted to be,” recalls Edna. A longtime supporter of Leket, Edna had volunteered numerous times over the years with her family and school, whenever the opportunity arose.
“In the beginning, I went wherever they sent me; to pick tomatoes in Binyamina, or harvest beets in Rishon Lezion, or do home deliveries of hot meals around Ra’anana.” However, the majority of Edna’s volunteering has been at the Leket Israel Logistics Center. Edna comes three times a week, helping to sort and pack fresh produce for people in need. She has brought friends and family members along with her, some who have never even heard of Leket. “There are so many people who have time on their hands right now and are looking for a way to help others,” Edna shares. “This is the perfect match between people who want to give back and the growing need throughout Israel. It’s very fulfilling to be able to be on the giving end.”
For Leket, Edna is the ideal volunteer, always ready to lend a hand when needed. “During the lockdown, we had to limit the number of volunteers we were able to accommodate in the Logistics Center. If people cancelled and we were left short-handed, we always knew that we could call Edna to come over to help, even at the last minute,” acknowledges Vered Katzav Goldshtein, Director of Volunteering at Leket Israel. “After all these months with us, Edna understands the way we work, how to run the machines, and how to fill the orders – she’s very fast, very productive, and very efficient. She is a great addition to the Leket Israel team!”