August 01, 2013

Advocacy in Israel: MAZON visit July 17, 2013

Today, we had several meetings that continued to highlight for us the that Israeli innovation is not solely in the field of technology — remarkable individuals and organizations are turning similar talents to efforts to address poverty and food insecurity in Israel.  

One of those meetings was with the leadership of Latet, an Israeli Humanitarian Aid organization based in Tel Aviv. Joining us were its Executive Director, Eran Weintrob, the Founder Gilles Darmon and a member of its Board of Directors, journalist Tallie Lipkin-Shahak. Latet’s mission is to provide assistance to needy populations in israel and around the world by mobilizing the civilian society in Israel toward involvement in humanitarian efforts.  

Their passion to elevate awareness about poverty in Israel, particularly food insecurity, was infectious. They have created some remarkable public awareness campaigns, including a “Silent Protest” in Rabin Square with life sized cardboard figures representing all those who struggle with poverty in Israel.  

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Latet is launching a new effort called “City Without Hunger,” a social enterprise focused at the municipal level. They have identified Bat-Yam as the focus for this effort, with 1,500 families living in need. The goal is to implement a number of efforts, tailored to the population and its needs and build on existing resources to construct a more secure, sustainable food system and therefore food security for the city.  

We expect to follow their progress closely — it is a daring concept and the lessons learned from it could have application not only throughout Israel but here in the United States as well.

- Abby