Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics said on Monday that the overall unemployment rate in Israel fell in February from 18% to 16.7%.
The development reflects a drop of approximately 50,000 people without jobs in Israel, from roughly 748,000 to approximately 698,000.
Most of Israel’s unemployment is due to the economic crisis caused by covid restrictions and lockdowns.
Israel began slowly reopening most of the economy in late February as the Health Ministry inoculated over half of its population against coronavirus. The reopenings, likely accounts for the drop in unemployment rates.
Israel eased even more restrictions on businesses in March, as covid cases improved dramatically.
But despite the promising outlook, 17% unemployment is still a massive burden on the country’s soup kitchens like Meir Panim.
Meir Panim is one of the most prominent soup kitchens in Israel and is responsible for feeding thousands of Israeli families who have been affected by the country’s lockdowns. And the new corona regulations have made their food distribution efforts far more complicated.
And as challenging as it is, it won’t inhibit their mission to provide high-quality, home-cooked food for Israel’s hungry.
But to do that, they need your help. That’s why Meir Panim is now accepting contributions from Israel’s allies worldwide.
Can you spare a donation to Meir Panim and help fight hunger in Israel?
If the answer is ‘yes, feel free to donate whatever you can to Meir Panim because no child in Israel should go to bed on an empty stomach.