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Food Waste & Rescue During the Covid Pandemic in Israel

Tuesday, March 15

On Tuesday, Michael Reik Introduced Joseph Gitler, Founder and Chairman of Leket , who explained the effects of the Covid Pandemic on Israel Society, and the work Leket is currently doing to address the growing need for food support.

If you missed the event you can view the recording here.

In 2003 Joseph Gitler founded Leket Israel, The National Food Bank, as a one-man volunteer operation, to respond to the paradox of growing hunger and poverty in Israel on the one hand, and significant food and waste on the other. Today Joseph’s operation has grown to become the only food rescue and resource organisation in Israel, distributing over 50 million pounds of produce and perishable goods to over 250 non-profit organisations reaching more than 246,000 people in Israel weekly.

Joseph has received many awards, including the Presidential Award for Volunteerism from former President Shimon Peres, has been named as one of the 50 most influential Jews worldwide and, most recently, was selected to receive the 2018 Compassion Award for Children and Youth at risk.