When Joseph Gitler made aliyah in 2000, he held a law degree from Fordham University in New York and started working at a family software business. He never dreamed that he would found Israel’s first National Food Bank, Leket, and turn it into Israel’s largest food rescue network.

“When I came to Israel I never expected to see this new poverty of people who were left behind, and struggling to feed their families,” says Gitler. “I was so unnerved by this, so dispirited; I knew that I had to do something.”

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