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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) announced Tuesday it would donate NIS 12 million to Israeli municipalities lacking funds.
The money is intended to enable welfare departments to supply thousands of needy families with basic products and services.
According to the IFCJ statement, welfare workers encounter numerous requests from impoverished citizens who are in dire need of clothing, food, medication, transportation to and from medical treatments, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and other essentials.
There is not enough government funding of aid to the poor to meet these
needs. To fill the void, the IFCJ has doubled the sum provided by the
government, offering immediate assistance to Israel’s poorest citizens.
IFCJ has been donating money to needy citizens for seven years now. The
fellowship has already over $9 million, which helped hundreds of
thousands of Israelis in need.
The fellowship said it decided to extend the project this year because
of the economic crisis that has plunged thousands more people into