According the National Insurance Institute’s “Report on Poverty”, 19.8% of Israeli families live below the poverty line. This amounts to 433,330 families and 837,300 children. OECD statistics show that food prices in Israel are more expensive than in any other Western country. Milk and eggs cost 44% more in Israel than the OECD average; meat costs 28% more; fish costs 17% more; and bread and cereals are 17% more expensive in Israel than the OECD average (Bank of Israel, January 2012).
As a result, the National Insurance Institute found in a survey held in 2011 that 18.7% of Israeli residents suffer food insecurity; over half of them suffer significant food insecurity.
The Jaffa Institute’s Food Security programs target hunger and malnutrition during after school enrichment activities, in the schools, and in the home by providing Israel’s most needy with hot meals, bagged lunches, and food parcels. The programs’ objectives are to provide the resources to temporarily eliminate hunger as a learning impediment, root of depression, and/or inhibitor of pursuing gainful employment.
To combat hunger and malnutrition in the home and in the schools, the Jaffa Instute runs the following programs: