Custom Social and economic Equity Action
Food Bank for Asylum Seekers in South Tel Aviv Yafo: There are approximately 33,500 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers and other undocumented people living in Israel, most residing in the impoverished neighborhoods of South Tel-Aviv. Asylum seekers face a harsh reality in Israel, living without permanent status, access to vital health and welfare services and more. The humanitarian crisis triggered by COVID-19 resulted in increased vulnerabilities amongst asylum seekers and exposure to many risks, such as, homelessness, health and safety, food insecurity, and more. In order to address the acute food insecurity within the community, a food bank was established in July, 2021 in cooperation with the Lasova Association and The Tel-Aviv Foundation, with in-kind support of dry food and fresh vegetates from &quot;Latet&quot;, and &quot;Leket&quot; organizations. The food bank for asylum seekers and other undocumented people is a unique project, and the first of its kind in Tel Aviv. The food bank provides a culture of respect and customer service for its clients; the experience is exactly like shopping in a grocery store, except the food is free! The food bank supplies dry food products, such a pasta, rice, flour, green lentils, orange lentils, tuna, tomato paste, canned beans, canned chickpeas, canned corn, and cooking oil. We also provide fresh vegetables, and occasional dairy products and hygiene products. Clients can shop independently and choose from a variety of fresh and healthy options for their families, instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of groceries. Another component of the food bank program addresses nutrition education and developing healthier habits. The program will expand to provide a holistic approach to food and nutrition security by ensuring the community has access to food, alongside increasing nutrition education and awareness.