Struggling families in Israel need your help now.
Reports from the National Insurance Institute and the Bank
of Israel in fact show increasing number of families
falling below national poverty levels in recent years. As
a result, more and more families are turning to charities
for assistance as they are trying to adjust to the new
realities of life.
Unfortunately, "Hunger in the headlines"
breaks our hearts and help generate funds. In truth,
relatively very few families are facing real hunger, but
rather, and perhaps equally important, are dealing with
problems of food deficiency and malnutrition.
A Full Plate was created by Israel's National Food Bank
(the Israeli arm of the Global Jewish Assistance &
Relief Network), LaSova and Meir Panim to address this
need and to provide a meaningful and dignified response.
Thousands of working Israeli families
struggle to make ends meet. Their current plight may be as
a result of government cutbacks in family allowances, a
recent layoff, a sickness in the family, or G-d forbid,
loss of work due to a terrorist attack.
For the past year, thanks to the generous support of our
donors and sponsors, A
Full Plate, has been feeding more than 1,000 needy
Israeli families with DIGNITY and CLASS.
Currently, recipients receive monthly pre-paid food debit
cards, allowing them to purchase food items of their own
choosing and based on their needs. More important,
recipients of these cards purchase their food like every
other Israeli family, merely by swiping a pre-paid debit
card at any store participating in this program. At the
same time, we are helping the Israeli economy by
purchasing foods locally.
Unfortunately, thousands of applications from equally
needy families cannot be fulfilled. Our ability to help
additional families depends entirely on the support we
receive from the extended Jewish family throughout the
Full Plate's mission is simple:
A) To feed Israel's hungry and working poor families,
B) To maintain recipients dignity and self-esteem,
C) To educate beneficiary families to shop more
economically and nutritionally balanced, and
D) To provide donors with 100% accountability on usage
of their funds.
For a mere $1.80 per day, (approximate cost of a daily
snack), you can feed an Israeli family for an entire month.
Your donation of $54 will provide one Israeli family with
a pre-paid food debit card with a value of 250 NIS/Shekel,
in itself a higher value than the actual donation of $54.
Individuals or families who undertake the
sponsorship of an Israeli family for an entire year,
$54 x 12 = $648 (payable in full or by monthly debit of
your credit card), will qualify for our Matching Grants
program, and will actually help feed two Israeli families
for each full year sponsorship of one family.
For more information on this truly unique program,
please visit our website www.plate.org.il
and especially the section of "Hunger in the
help us by making your most generous Chanukah gift to A
Full Plate, a project of Israel's National Food Bank.
With best wishes for a happy and enlightened Festival of
Lights, Happy Chanukah.
Rabbi Eliezer Avtzon
Founder and US Director