Last summer, Benny*, a single father of three in Or Akiva, was faced with a difficult dilemma. Do I leave my job or do I leave my children alone at home every day, all summer long? Benny worked hard at a local factory and his paycheck was barely sufficient for his family. The demanding hours of the job left him in a bind about what to do: forsake his paycheck and the family’s sole source of income, or continue working while his children, 11-year-old Hannah*, nine-year-old Jonathan*, and five-year-old Sarita,* are left vulnerable.


“I just want to give my children the most dignified life that I can,” Benny said, prior to trying to enroll his three children in the local


Meir Panim works across Israel to alleviate the effects of poverty by providing a range of food and social service programs to give dignity and respect to the needy. Meir Panim’s programs include free restaurants, meals-on-wheels, school lunch programs, prepaid food card distribution and after-school youth clubs. Since 2000, the organization has served all types of Israelis, regardless of ethnicity or religion.


*Names have been changed to keep anonymity. 

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