There are some 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel. Tragically, around 50,000 of them live around or below the poverty line.
The majority of the wasted food was fruit and vegetables, with Israeli households wasting 23% of all food, compared to 28% in the United States and 19% in Europe.
The report showed an increase in poverty among the elderly, despite a recent minimum wage increase.
“There are so many people that need help.”
This program is one of the hundreds offered by IFCJ that aims to fill the financial gaps in society.
Jerusalem is the poorest city in the country, according to a recent report by the Central Bureau of Statistics, with nearly half of the city’s residents living under the poverty line.
"A State of the Nation 2017," produced by the Taub Center, offers a snapshot of the socioeconomic condition of Israel in 2017.
Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) for the bleak report.
The study also found that most of the gaps in per-client budget allocation can be explained by the different care frameworks for the needy.
“We are throwing away good food people can eat and nobody is doing anything to fix it.”