Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu  announced Monday the launch of a new NIS 100 million national program for addressing nutritional security.

The program, which aims to address the nutritional needs of thousands of poverty-stricken families through 2013 and bring some order to the hundreds of food aid charities distributing food to the needy, comes less than two years after a similar program was first announced by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs but never came to fruition after funds slated for it were never approved by the Finance Ministry.

Under the program announced Monday, NIS 100 m. will go towards the creation of special “food credit cards” to be distributed to those in need during religious holidays, instead of the standard food baskets, a special track for children and the elderly in need and the creation of a food aid agency ethics committee.

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