Leket Israel, another casualty of coronavirus

My children and me after our morning shift

This morning my kids and I volunteered for an amazing charitable organisation called Leket Israel.  I’m sure many of you have heard about Leket and the amazing work it does, but for those of you who haven’t, here’s a little bit about it.

Leket has one goal… to ensure that surplus food doesn’t go to waste but is distributed to those who need it instead. Simple.

We signed up for a morning slot in the air conditioned logistics centre, sorting the fruit and veg for onward distribution.

Like many other organisations, Leket has been hit hard by the pandemic. The fruit and veg keeps coming, but finding and organising enough volunteers to sort it all has proven extremely difficult. In a bid to ensure that their amazing work continues and the food doesn’t go to waste, they’ve been appealing for more people to help them. Previously, many of their volunteers had been visitors to Israel, but as things stand, there simply haven’t been enough hands on deck, for obvious reasons.

With that in mind I was approached to help out and so we did, this morning.

The logistics centre is a very large warehouse just outside Raanana, with the most enormous fan that I’ve ever seen hanging from the ceiling. Ordinarily the place would have been bustling with life, but today it wasn’t. A sign of the times.

Eight of us set about sorting melons and beetroots; placing the good ones on palettes and chucking (quite literally) the rotten ones, which was quite fun, actually. We were all careful to socially distance and wear our masks when this wasn’t possible. For the most part my children and I worked together and worked well. Although we’re all sick of the sight of melons and beetroots, we’re happy to have pitched in and helped.

If you’ve got some spare time on your hands, contact Leket. They’d  be delighted to have you on board and they need your help now more than ever, (volunteers in the logistics centre must be 15 or over).

You can sign up by emailing this link: leket@leket.org

Find out more about Leket Israel at www.leket.org

About the Author
I’m a British lawyer from Manchester. I made aliyah in 2016 and now live in Netanya with my husband, 3 children and 3 dogs. As I wasn’t able to pursue my legal career here in Israel, I started a small business editing English language papers for academics. I also write short stories or ‘blogs’ about the trials and tribulations of my new life.
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