sodium label 311.
(photo credit: Bloomberg)
The Knesset approved a bill forming a National Council for Nutritional Security,
which will ensure that even the weaker sectors of Israeli society have access to
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The new law, proposed by MKs Ruhama Avraham-Balila
(Kadima), Avraham Michaeli (Shas), Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) and Tzion
Pinyan (Likud), will create a council to advise Welfare and Social Services
Minister Moshe Kahlon on his policies to prevent hunger and their
“In my opinion, this is one of the most important bills
this house has passed,” Avraham-Balila said on Wednesday. “I am happy that
Kahlon, the most active minister in the Knesset, will form the council within
The council, which will meet every second month, will
include 13 members representing the various ministries and government agencies
related to “nutritional security,” such as the Education, Health, and Welfare
and Social Services ministries and the Union of Local Authorities, as well as
economists and academic experts on welfare issues.
They will be required
to present the Knesset with a yearly report on its recommendations.
MKs supported the bill, and none opposed.
“I think this bill, when it is
implemented, will bring good news to the State of Israel – for the first time in
63 years, a council will finally take care of the issue of poverty and hunger in
Israel, which is growing all the time, unfortunately,” Avraham-Balila
She expressed hope that rather than distribute cartons of food the
council will recommend instituting food-stamps or something similar. This way,
the needy will not have to face the embarrassment of waiting in lines for soup
kitchens, and at the same time, the money for food will not be spent on
cigarettes or alcohol.