Date(s) - 12/08/2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Lauren Rifkin Yokèd, Executive Director, American Friends of Leket Israel
Lauren Rifkin Yokèd grew up on a 65-acre farm in rural Monmouth County, NJ, established by her grandfather in the 1940s. Her family was actively involved in gleaning projects through local food banks for many years. She earned a BA from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Israeli Politics and Society from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Lauren’s background in farming and conviction that fresh, nutritious food can and should be made accessible to all led to her current role as the Executive Director of American Friends of Leket Israel, a role she has served in since 2011. Lauren travels around the country speaking about topics related to food waste and poverty in Israel. She lives with her family in Bergen County, NJ.
Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, is the leading food rescue organization in Israel. Unique among all other organizations that serve the poor in Israel and food banks worldwide, Leket Israel’s sole focus is rescuing healthy food and delivering it to those in need through hundreds of diverse nonprofit organization partners.
The economic crisis in Israel continues to deepen, with no end in sight. One in five Israelis are now unemployed, with many families requesting food assistance for the first time. In the past four months, Leket Israel has delivered over 1 million cooked meat meals and nearly 18 million lbs. of fresh, surplus produce to people in need, a 22% increase over regular operations. During March, Israel’s catering sector came to a halt overnight, cutting to zero Leket’s sources of excess, prepared food. Determined not to abandon those in greatest need, the organization moved – within a week – from a food rescue to food purchase model, providing at its peak 11,000 people with a daily hot meal; often delivered directly to their home by a Leket staff member. As a consequence, Leket is witnessing unprecedented demand on their resources, with many new poor seeking help from nonprofit agencies for the first time.
REGISTRATION AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT
Members – free *
Guests – purchase $10.50 tickets here
* All ticket purchases will be donated directly to Leket. Members, please purchase a seat if you can.
Link to Leket website: https://www.leket.org/en/
Link to donate online: https://www.leket.org/en/online-donation/