Recognizing the need, and reasoning that “the best the way to run a food bank is to start your own,” that’s what Joseph Gitler did.
Despite the Jewish state’s remarkable transformation since its establishment seven decades ago from a fledgling state to an economic and military powerhouse, a substantial number of Israelis are living below the poverty line.
That’s what makes the work of Leket Israel – which serves to rescue and distribute nutritious food to those in need – so important, says Joseph Gitler, who founded the charity after witnessing significant food wastage at a time of rising poverty. Leket Israel is now the country’s largest food bank, and Gitler continues to serve as its chairman….
“Leket Israel is the largest food bank in Israel and has been a leader and expert in food rescue nationwide since 2003. The organization sources, collects and redistributes fresh, high-quality food from farms, hotels, military bases and catering halls to aid the quarter of Israel’s population that lives below the poverty line,” he continues.
-Excerpted from unitedwithisrael.org