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Israel National Food Card with dignity

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He has told you, O man, what is good! What does your G-d ask of you, that you do justice, love loving kindness, and walk humbly with your G-d. - Micah 6:8

Underprivileged need not stand in line for food packages.

Used in stores like a credit card, with the same dignity as other shoppers.

Freedom to buy the necessities they decide, for their own family.

Direct your donation - make your preference for single-parent families, elderly, etc.; specify locale, Yerushalayim, Be'er Sheva, Galil ...
    Major Grocery Chains
    Ministry of Social Welfare
How the Food Card program works with dignity
JAR can track usage of cards in real time.
This is coordinated with the grocery chain's computer system to gain additional information when needed, and in consultation with the social workers familiar with the families.

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The Food Card

Food Card is a project founded and managed by the non-profit organization: Jewish Assistance and Relief Fund. The project is aimed at helping the largest number of families in need in the most efficient manner, economically and logistically, and respecting the privacy and dignity of the needy.


Food Card is a monthly rechargeable debit card for the purpose of acquiring essential grocery products from the Blue Square chain of supermarkets.


Families are referred to us via welfare departments in their respective municipalities. We also cooperate with other funds and welfare organizations by issuing The Food Card for them.


It is not our intention to replace neither the Ministry of Welfare nor the Social Security services; yet, we believe that a contribution of NIS 250-300 could considerably improve each family's well being.


In contrast to other projects, the entire contribution reaches the recipient directly, to be consumed wholly. One hundred percent of the contribution reaches the recipients delineated by the donor.


The common monetary value of the cards issued is roughly NIS 250-300 per month. However, values can also reach up to NIS 2,000 per month. This occurs in cases of exceptional need or when specific families were adopted by donors who choose to grant larger sums.


One of the unique advantages of Food Card is that the donor may define the card recipients by geographic location and parameters such as new immigrants, single mothers, holocaust survivors, etc.


This useful debit card provides the person in need with a degree of autonomy not available by other means. It gives the cardholder a sense of belonging to the typical consuming public, a sensation they may have not experienced.


Food Card cannot be used to purchase tobacco, alcohol or electrical appliances. Each recipient signs a waiver allowing us to verify that the card has not been used to acquire these items.


One of our goals is to reach also the needy in the most remote and isolated areas in Israel.


The most important advantage of this project is preserving the dignity of the recipient.


Donations for this project are recognized for tax purposes by the Israeli and the US authorities.


Cooperating with welfare departments of the municipalities to match our contribution. Matching contribution by the municipalities usually stands around 30%. This enables a significant increase in the number of families participating in the Food Card initiative.


The current expenses of this project are covered by the discount received from the chain of supermarkets. In case the discount exceeds our current expenses, then the excess money is redirected to increase the volume of contributions of Food Cards issued by us.

Donors can direct their gift to specific profiles of recipients and to specific geographical areas they wish to support.
You will be able to make your selections in the shopping cart when donating.


  • Single parents
  • Orphans
  • Special needs
  • Elderly
  • Holocaust survivors.
  • Military (IDF) families
  • South Lebanon Army (Christian militia) veterans
  • Any need
Geographical area:
  • Yerushalayim
  • Tel Aviv
  • Haifa
  • Tiberius
  • Galil
  • Golan
  • Yehuda and Shomron
Southern Region
  • Be'er Sheva
  • Sderot
  • Ashdod
  • Netivot
  • Ashkelon
  • Any area

Every year, reports and surveys that abide by an established set of measures and criteria are published regarding the level of poverty that exists in Israel.


According to the Bank Mazon survey of the Israeli population in 2005 every fifth Israeli family and one out of every three children are living below the poverty level and are suffering from a lack of nutritional safety.


Facts and figures for the year 2005:


Total households:


  • 147,984 households are suffering from a serious lack of nutritional safety (8% of the Israeli population).
  • 258,972 households are suffering from a moderate lack of nutritional safety (14% of the Israeli population).
  • In total 406,956 households are struggling with nutritional safety (22% of the Israeli population).


Total individuals:


  • 663,109 individuals are suffering from a serious lack of nutritional safety.
  • 1,021,188 individuals are suffering from a moderate lack of nutritional safety.
  • In total 1,684,297 individuals are struggling with nutritional safety.


What is a "serious" lack of nutritional safety?


This degree of nutritional deficiency results in skipped meals and occasionally nothing to eat for an entire day.  In addition, these households, including the children, consume food of a lesser quality and quantity.


What is a "moderate" lack of nutritional safety?


These households consume food of a lesser quality and quantity.  The children are provided with enough food, but less nutritious in value.


The remaining Israeli population (78%) benefits from nutritious foods.


Today, in Israel, there is enough food to sustain the entire Israeli population. Nevertheless, there are many families and individuals that are unable to provide for their nutritional needs.



Nutritional safety is defined as "the ability to purchase on a regular and dependable basis nutritious food, in socially acceptable ways, in order to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle." Similarly, a lack of nutritional safety is defined as "limited and lacking in the ability to purchase on a regular and dependable basis enough nutritious food in ways that are socially acceptable."


Very low-income households are struggling to manage their earnings just so they can pay their basic expenses. These households are often forced to make difficult choices between necessary expenses such as paying the mortgage, heating, electricity, doctor's care and purchasing necessary food.


Those households that have been reported to be suffering from a serious lack of nutritional safety consume a third of the amount of meat, poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products in comparison to households who benefit from a proper level of nutritional safety. Those lacking in nutritional safety consume a lot more wheat products, potatoes, rice, etc.  As a result, this group consumes less vital and nutritious ingredients like: protein, iron, calcium and B vitamins.


In yearly terms, one can conclude that households struggling from a serious lack of nutritional safety are unable to consume meat, poultry and fish for months at a time.  In fact these families are on the edge of malnutrition.

More than 90% of food assistance recipients in Israel would prefer the FOOD CARD

92% of those in need of assistance from food aid organizations would prefer to replace receiving the food package with a debit card or coupons that will allow them to purchase the food of their choice or, alternatively,to receive the food and gifts to their home without having to wait in line where they are exposed and their dignity injured - according to a YEDID Association survey.


"There are seniors who cannot cook or shop and need to have prepared meals brought to them, and mothers with small children or families living from welfare to require packages with food that suits them and enables them to consume the proper food groups," said one of the volunteers who participated in interviews.




They are embarrassed to stand in line and are doing everything within their power to protect their dignity. A survey conducted by YEDID shows that the majority of needy recipients would prefer to receive a magnetic pre-paid debit card or food vouchers in place of standing in line to receive food while being exposed to the public.

JAR runs events to lift family spirits, to encourage pride and to give a positive feeling for those who participate in important educational programs.

Purim event for women and mothers in need, whom had taken a course to empower women in Dimona. They attended a six month program in which they studied and received life skills, financial management, etc. All participants were granted an addition to the food card upon completion of the course, making it easier for them to deal with hardship.


The event was donated by MB (supermarket chain). Entertainment included games and clowns, a magician, and delightful treats, a meal and refreshments. Additionally, each child received a Purim costume and huge.


It gave mothers and children lots of joy and attention, and we received a lot of positive responses.


The event was attended, the Mayor of the city, local welfare directors, and several senior Mega store executives.

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JAR - Jewish Assistance & Relief Fund benefits from an extensive support system made up of organizations from all over Israel.


Israel TV Channel 2 recently completed a survey of all super stores in Israel and concluded that our partnering grocery stores of Zol b'Shefa and Megah Bool of The Blue Square Network are the lowest priced stores in Israel.


Primary supporters include:


  • JAR's American partner, CharityChoice Gift Cards.


  • Shalmor Avnon Amichai Y&R
  • Commercial advertisements by Shushi and Udi.


  • Yediot Acharonot
  • LaIsha
  • Globus
  • And other public news services.


  • Channels 2 (Telad, Keshet)
  • Channel 10
  • Channel 24 (The music channel)


  • Guru4Rent (sponsor of web site)
  • Banners:
    • Y-NET
    • Walla
    • MSN
  • Visa CAL (publicizes amongst its clientele and enables the enlistment of donations)

Food cards:

  • Sis card
  • Computer guard
  • Park sol

Network of Supermarkets:

  • Blue Square


JAR - Jewish Assistance & Relief Fund is an independent registered Israeli charity fully complying with Israel charity and tax laws, and also functions as the Israeli arm of the Global Jewish Assistance & Relief Network, a US based 501 C 3 charity.


In an effort to have a greater impact in eradicating poverty and malnutrition from Israel, the Food Bank has partnered with various governmental bodies and private charitable organizations on different projects and on various levels.


Some of these partners include:

  • The Forum to Address Food Insecurity in Israel
  • The Ministry of Social Welfare
  • CharityChoice

Tamara Edell Gottstein: serves on the Abraham and Sonia Rochlin Foundation and the Forum to Address Food Insecurity & Poverty in Israel


Israel is blessed with an abundant supply of nutritious foods however many Israeli families cannot afford them. Food is one place that poor families commonly skimp. If they do not pay rent they are on the street and if they don't pay their water bill it is shut off. Poor families buy cheaper food and less of it to make ends meet. However, the result is that they often fail to provide the very basic building blocks of nutrition required for healthy development and normal functioning. Food prices have risen sharply. Already in 2006, when food was much more affordable, Vered Shriqui Kaufman, a researcher form Ben Gurion University of the Negev, carefully analyzed what Israeli's could afford to purchase to feed their children. She took the Health Ministries minimal nutrition recommendations and went to bargain market places to purchase the cheapest forms of protein and other vital nutrients available, only to discover that there was no way that 40% of Israeli children had economic access to the essential foods. The National Insurance Institute reports that 35% of Israeli families work at or below minimum wages. The problem of inadequate nutrition is particularly acute among poor large families but already in the first national study of Food Insecurity (2003), the problem was also found among many veteran Israeli families with three children or less.


In America, the USDA provides 15 major food security programs for its struggling poor families, from Women Infant and Children (WIC) to Food Stamps, and kids Café's. etc. Israel has very few food programs, small grants at holiday times, and following the a small school lunch program that provides a nutritional lunch to a fraction of Israeli children in need. There is no national food stamp program. To address this glaring lack, a food relief project was initiated by JAR called Food Card. Providing a magnetic card that can be used to purchase fresh nutritious food staples monthly and give a boost to healthy family nutrition. The cards are given to the neediest families identified by local social welfare agencies. Food Card often uses their card to add an educational component; single mothers in one town receive the card as part of a family budgeting and smart shopping. Estranged fathers of youth at risk receive the card for attending parenting sessions. Additionally the cards often target particularly needy populations like elderly holocaust survivors and single mothers.


The Food Card program makes a significant difference in the lives of recipients. It allows them to purchase nutritious and culturally appropriate food in normative, acceptable ways, avoiding the shame of food cartons delivered to the door.


Your contribution is often matched by local welfare services and corporate Israel philanthropy in three way partnerships and can truly make the difference in the lives of impoverished families.

Rabbinical Endorsement:

8 Sivan
May 29, 2012

Dear Friends,
...making JAR the outstanding project that it is today.
May the A-lmighty G-d bless you and your loved ones with all of your own needs, in the merit of your contribution.

Rabbi Hershel Reichman, R"M
Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva University


Appreciation from the Mayor of Dimona:

"On behalf of the families of Dimona and the Welfare and Education Department Head, I want to thank you for the support before the Chag (Holiday)."


Note from a recipient:

I received the food card from your organization this week and I wanted to express my feelings.
My daughter died last year after being sick for many years.
We were left with a deep and painful hole in our heart, and many financial debts.
The war only made our situation worse.

Our family is very sensitive and allergic to different foods so we could not benefit from the meals
sent to help the families of the north.

After we received the card, I went to the supermarket and I filled the pantry with all of our household needs for the month.
I bought tuna spread for Brachaleh to eat during lunch break in school and cornflakes that all the children love to eat in the morning, especially Avrahami.

You have acquired for yourselves a great merit and earned my blessings for everything good.
May G-d bless you with His full, open , holy, overflowing and generous hand.
Have a happy and sweet New Year (I also bought honey for Rosh Hashana)

N D from the Galil

No discrimination for culture, race or religion. Parents receive six month courses on life skills and financial management. Additional funds are loaded on their cards as an incentive. Family holiday events are organized to foster pride and raise spirits, especially for the children. Food Cards help families put more nutritional meals on their table.

Israel's major Grocery chains assist in monitoring card usage. No tobacco or alcohol.
The discount given by the stores to JAR enables food cards to be funded at 100% of donations, without needing to deduct for program expenses.
Municipalities, local welfare services and Israeli corporate donations match funds to help reach more families.

Your funds are given directly to families for them to purchase the items that THEY need.
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JAR and CharityChoice have partnered to make giving to support Israel's underprivileged
available to a broad range of donors. FOOD4ISRAEL facilitates charitable giving
online, to fund Food Cards which can be used to buy groceries at Israel's leading
chains. 100% of your donation goes towards the food cards, with nothing deducted
for administrative costs.
CharityChoice is a project of 501c3 nonprofit, Special Kids Fund.
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Powered by CharityChoice (, a project of 501c3, Special Kids
Fund Tax ID 58-2550249 Donations are tax-deductible, and
funds are allocated to JAR to be loaded onto Food Cards, on a monthly basis.
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