This is a story about a man with a vision. His name is Joseph Gitler, an American Jew who immigrated to Israel in the year 2000. After witnessing significant food wastage in Israel at a time of rising poverty, Joseph started to collect food from catering halls and corporate cafeterias out of his Subaru car. He stored the food in his own refrigerators before delivering it to the needy.
When he saw the success of his new mission, Joseph’s storage started to grow and eventually became the largest food bank in Israel.
Joseph’s organization is called ‘Leket Israel’ and has become the leader and expert in nationwide food rescue since 2003. The organization sources, collects and redistributes fresh, perishable and 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 country’s population that lives below the poverty line. ‘Leket’ works with 195 non-profit organizations throughout the country in order to weekly provide nutritious food to over 175,000 Israelis. Last year alone, ‘Leket’ collected and delivered over 30 million pounds of fresh, healthy food for the needy.
To meet this goal, ‘Leket Israel’ carries out a wide array of food rescue activities. One of the main activities is harvesting fresh products from farmers’ fields all over Israel throughout the year. A significant portion of ‘Leket’s’ food rescue activities is carried out by its tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers. These numbered over 52,000 in 2016.
The food is then stored in optimal and safe conditions before being transferred to its partner NPOs all across Israel, while maintaining the food’s high quality, and adhering to strict food safety guidelines and regulations.
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