IFCJ to Distribute $1.5 Million in Food and Clothing Cards to 30,000 Impoverished Israelis for Rosh Hashana
The New Year Gifts will include:
- 8,500 food cards valued at $100 each, for single-parent families living in public housing.
- 6,600 food packages and food cards for families living under the poverty line and the homeless.
- 7,700 clothing cards for purchases at the popular FOX chain for children-at-risk living in youth villages and homes for battered women.
- 9,600 food and clothing vouchers for lone soldiers and soldiers-in-need
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), founded and led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, will distribute $1.5 million in food and clothing cards to some 30,000 impoverished children, families and soldiers throughout Israel for the New Year. As in previous years, these IFCJ cards will allow for individuals purchases in a discrete and dignified manner. The cards are redeemable at Israel’s Supersal supermarket and FOX clothing chains.
In addition to this critical support, IFCJ will operate a special “IFCJ Hotline” before, during and after the holidays for people in financial and social distress. This hotline will work in cooperation with hundreds of non-profit organizations to answer the needs of callers. The number is *9779.
“Israel is in a deep social crisis, with increasing poverty and unbearable social gaps,” says Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of IFCJ. “During the high holidays, the distress of those who live in poverty is intensified. Tens of thousands of families do not know how they will be able to buy food and celebrate with dignity. Every day we receive hundreds of calls from people asking for help, such as the elderly, people with disabilities and families who are in terrible distress. This distress is due to the lack of appropriate social infrastructure in Israel.”
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
The IFCJ, founded in 1983, is Israel’s largest private charitable foundation. With over 1.4 million deeply committed, non-Jewish supporters around the world, IFCJ has contributed some $1.3 billion to strengthening Israeli society. It does this through the support of hundreds of social, welfare and educational programs, aliyah, emergency relief and security.
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