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Ensuring a Sweet New Year for the Needy

IFCJ help at Pantry Packers (Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

In the lead up to the High Holy Days season, The Fellowship and our faithful friends increased the aid given to the neediest among Israel's people. The Jerusalem Post's Lidar Grave-Lazi reports on the help provided to hundreds of thousands of impoverished and hungry across the Holy Land:

This Rosh Hashanah, as they do every year, Israel’s leading charitable organizations picked up the mantle and rallied together to assist hundreds of thousands of needy families for the holiday season.

More than 1.7 million people – including 444,900 families and 776,500 children – live below the poverty line, accounting for 22% of the population, according to the National Insurance Institute annual Poverty Report released in December 2015...

...140,000 bags of food that have been distributed for the holiday.

The food baskets contain essential goods such as pasta, oil, flour, canned goods and other items to celebrate the Jewish New Year – including a jar of honey. The family also receives a voucher to buy chicken and meat at a local grocer.

Some 18,500 families will receive food staples for the holiday, in addition to 81,000 fresh and hot holiday meals being served at Colel Chabad’s soup kitchen network around the country.

This year, the organization also partnered with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to deliver food to an additional 5,000 elderly people in need.

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