Picking for the needy
Preventing Waste and Feeding the Needy:
Leket Israel is Hosting a Special Picking Event in Honor of World Food Day
Friday, October 18, 2013 from 8:00-12:00
Four Locations: Nahalal, Kvusat Shiler, Jordan Valley and Ra’anana
October 10, 2013: 150 countries throughout the world will commemorate World Food Day on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 to raise awareness about the growing crisis of people worldwide living below the poverty line and suffering from food insecurity. Leket Israel – The National Food Bank will mark World Food Day with a unique countrywide picking event. Volunteers are invited to four locations throughout Israel on Friday, October 18th to pick fruits and vegetables for distribution to the needy. The picking will take place at Leket’s fields on Moshav Nahalal, Hatov V’Hametiv farm in Kvusat Shiler, an orchard in the heart of Ra’anana and an orchard in the Jordan Valley.
In Israel, 40% of all food produced is thrown away even before it reaches the plate. This occurs across the food chain from agriculture, to food manufacturers, supermarkets, catering halls, restaurants and private consumption.
“We are preparing for thousands of volunteers for this important picking event. It is crucial that we raise awareness about the amount of food being wasted as more than 1.5 million people in Israel suffer from nutritional insecurity. I invite all of the citizens of Israel to partake in this special picking, help us prevent unnecessary waste and get the word out about this growing crisis,” said Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel’s Founder and Chairman.
“Leket Israel is an organization that is focused on food rescue; collecting 11,000 tons of high quality food annually. We gather food that would have been thrown away and we distribute it to 140,000+ needy people weekly. There is so much more food out there and we hope by publicizing World Food Day, we can begin to make people see food waste in a different light and hopefully bring about change,” concluded Gitler.
For details and registration: www.leket.org. Activity is free and suitable for all ages.
About Leket Israel:
Serving as the country's National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, Leket Israel works to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among the growing numbers of Israel's poor. Each year, with the help of over 45,000 volunteers, Leket Israel rescues close to 1,000,000 hot meals and 21 million lbs of produce and perishable goods, and supplies over 1.4 million (8,300/school day)volunteer prepared sandwiches to underprivileged children. Food that would have otherwise gone to waste is redistributed to 180 nonprofit organizations caring for the needy, reaching 140,000+people weekly.