The New Jersey Jewish Standard took a look back at some outstanding Israeli’s actions in 5776 in its article ‘One Dozen Heroes.’

1. Joseph Gitler of Ra’anana, a Teaneck native who founded and chairs Leket Israel, Israel’s national food bank and leading food rescue network. He made aliyah in 2000 and won a Presidential Citation for Volunteerism in 2011 for his massive operation, which began in 2003 with volunteers picking up leftovers from catered affairs.

Last year, Leket Israel rescued and redistributed 2,110,198 hot meals from corporate caterers, hotels, and IDF bases, as well as 12,000 tons of agricultural produce donated by farmers and packing houses. The organization also provides 1,400,000 sandwiches to needy children at 130 schools in 42 municipalities every year.

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