Soaring food prices and the falling dollar cause havoc

This is not a solicitation letter that we send to you periodically, usually before the holidays. This is an urgent plea for help.

For over 25 years, Yad Eliezer has been distributing monthly food packages to over 10,000 impoverished families in Israel. We traditionally distribute the packages on the start of the new month, Rosh Chodesh, but this past month, for the first time in the history of our organization, we were unable to make the deliveries.

Our warehouse is empty.

Two factors have contributed to this crisis. The first is the decline in the value of the dollar. A year ago we were getting 4.2 shekels for each dollar. Now we are getting 3.2. The loss of real buying power has been a huge factor in our current situation.

In addition, the cost of food has skyrocketed this year beyond anything we have experienced before. Many items have gone up 40% and others 100%. Below is a chart showing the staggering price increase of 7 different items that we send out in our monthly food boxes.

These increases are sad, but they are still just a list of numbers. What is truly shocking is the human tragedies behind those numbers.

Consider Aviva Zakai, a single mother with 4 children. She has no idea where her husband is. He left after years of frustration in seeking a job and watching his family fall apart because of severe poverty. One of Aviva’s sons, age 6, suffers from a neurological disorder that makes him dangerous to his siblings and impossible to manage. Doctors have recommended an alternative therapy, but Aviva would need to pay for this medication by herself — something she currently cannot consider. Her water, gas and electricity are constantly disconnected because she cannot pay her bills. And her innocent children do not understand why they have no food to eat.

Yad Eliezer is Aviva’s life-blood. We simply cannot let Aviva and her family down.

We are in a crisis situation. Families are hungry, and food costs are making it more impossible for people to make ends meet. The toll on the most vulnerable is indescribable and should make us weep.

Please, please help us fill the warehouse this summer. Every penny will be used to purchase food, and the food will be distributed to those most in need.

May you continue to care for those dear to you, both at home and in Israel.

If there is no food for israelis that can move freely on occupied land and appropriate palestinan land, water and olives then what´s the situation for the paletinians?!!!!!!

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One Response

  1. With the current uncertainties with food prices there is a greater need for us to conserve and be increasingly
    economical about food consumption at home. We have become wasteful as consumers of food and have never really had a need to feel otherwise before this crisis started. Blaming the rampant consumerism of the supermarkets has now irrelevant in this discussion. The situation now is that if we don’t change our food habits this situation could easily escalate completely out of control. The responsibility is now on us all to change our food buying and food consuming habits.

    Simple food saving tips are things we need to get used to and practice more regularly. Most of these are common sense and can be quite creative. You can find a list of free food saving tips at sites such as http://www.foodcrisis.co.uk amongst other similar sites as well.

    We all need to contribute to a fairer and more food wise program for ourselves.

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