As Israel continues its gradual emergence from the Covid crisis, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) published fresh data demonstrating that unemployment in the Jewish State fell to 12.7 percent in the first half of March, leaving roughly 493,000 people without jobs.
Included in the figure are people on furlough due to the lockdowns. It also includes Israelis who have stopped looking for jobs via the National Employment Service. Those who are actively seeking employment currently stand at 9.8%.
Although increased unemployment benefits will be cut in May, Finance Minister Yisrael Katz has said he’ll continue them into June.
But even if the percentage of people in Israel actively looking for jobs is only 9.8%, that’s still more than double Israel’s pre-pandemic unemployment rate.
This translates into many hungry mouths in the Jewish State. Luckily for them, there is one organization actively working around the clock to provide food for Israel’s impoverished.
Meir Panim is operating several of its signature restaurant-style soup kitchens in an effort to combat food insecurity. They are doing this by activating teams of volunteers including chefs, waitstaff, and food distributors to enable warm meals for those who need it most.
But because of the recent influx in unemployment, their demands have increased while their funding has sadly decreased.
That’s why Meir Panim currently turning outward towards friends of Israel worldwide who wish to help them in their efforts to fight starvation in the Jewish State. People from across the globe have stepped up to help contribute whatever they can to ensure no child in Israel goes to bed hungry.
You can too. Donate to Meir Panim today.