Fulfill the Basic Need of Food for Unemployed Israelis
For three decades, Bridges for Peace has helped the Jewish people through our Food Project. This year, Bridges for Peace was presented with a new challenge as we watched Israel’s unemployment rate surge to over 26% in just two months. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel managed to achieve an all-time low rate of unemployment at just 3.4%. Now, more than one million Israeli citizens are unemployed. Moreover, 20–30% of those people reportedly will not get their jobs back once the pandemic is over.
Our new challenge is not only to feed more people, but to do so while adhering to government regulations. Our food bank teams now package food while wearing gloves and masks along with keeping a safe distance between each person. Just last month, we had the opportunity to help over 200 families in the Bnei Menashe (“sons of Menashe”) community. We also received a request from a yeshiva (religious school) to help the teachers and families affected by the pandemic. Another request came from northern Israel to assist over 2,000 Holocaust survivors. We have many more requests for help with basic needs during this difficult time.
We have heard over and over again that knowing food is coming or having food on the table removes a level of stress that nothing else can. It allows a parent to be a parent and a student to be a student. It allows those in need to focus their energy and available funds on other necessities like rent or electricity. Every day we hear of Israelis who fear losing their home because they are unable to pay rent after losing their jobs or because their employer temporarily closed the door. Will you help us provide relief to those who have made Israel their home? Will you help us provide them with the basic necessities of life?