The coronavirus restrictions have worsened poverty in Israel. The data published in an ‘alternative poverty report’ shows that nearly 700,000 households (24.1%) suffered economic hardship from January to March 2020, jumping to 1,121,000 households (38.6%) at the pandemic’s peak July-September 2021.
The number dipped slightly to 932,000 households (31.6%) between May-July 2021, according to the report published by the Latet organization.
The number of households straddling the poverty line also jumped from 14% before the pandemic to 23.6%.18.1% of the population said that the food they purchased wasn’t enough to sustain them and added that they didn’t have enough money to buy more food.
According to the survey, over 13% of Israelis reduced the size of their daily meals this year. Nearly 9% said that their bank accounts were locked because they went into severe debt.
As the issue of food insecurity in Israel increases, organizations that provide food to Israel’s needy like Colel Chabad are experiencing increasing demand.
Colel Chabad is among the only organizations in Israel that the Israeli government entrusted to provide food delivery services and coupons for groceries to the families who need it most.
During the cold winter season, the demand for warm food has increased. That’s why Colel Chabad is requesting donations from friends of Israel worldwide, blessing the nation as written in Genesis 12:3.
Can you spare a donation to help Colel Chabad?
Please consider contributing to their vital battle to feed Israel’s poor today if you can.