Nutritional Security

The Nutritional Security initiative was developed with the aim to reduce nutritional insecurity among families and individuals living in severe poverty by salvaging, collecting, and distributing food. The Nutritional Security initiative provides a unique solution to the problem of nutritional insecurity in Israel: by acting as an umbrella organization in cooperation with more than 180 aid associations and municipalities, it serves as a support network, and works to influence potential change in government policy.

Latet has developed strategic partnerships with leading grocery retailers, food manufacturers, and food distributors in Israel to create a highly successful infrastructure, capable of salvaging food nationally. Latet's cutting edge logistical center accommodates the food storage, packaging, sorting, and distribution of food to local NGOs, ultimately providing food for thousands of families across Israel. Additionally, Latet diligently works to raise public awareness within Israeli society, and abroad, about the issue of food shortage and poverty in Israel.
 
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The Program

Need:
According to data from the National Insurance Institute, 18.8% of Israeli families live in severe nutritional insecurity, along with 11.7% of children.  Nutritional insecurity is the most severe indicator of poverty. It is notable mainly in the lack of economic ability and regular access to basic and high quality nutrition required for a proper and balanced existence. Moreover, malnutrition damages daily functioning, normal healthy development in children, and a family's ability to live with dignity.

Due to a lack of resources and problems in government policy, finding a solution to the issue of nutritional insecurity has fallen solely on the shoulders of non-profit aid associations in the third sector. Latet understands basic nutritional security as a necessity, and therefore takes the responsibility upon itself to provide for the individuals and families who are lacking this vital requirement.

Target Population:
The program is open to all individuals in need as recognized by welfare services, including a large population of families with children, single-parent families, the elderly and isolated individuals in need living in distress and suffering from nutritional insecurity throughout the country, in all branches of society.

Model and Structure:
The initiative acquires food through three main channels: food salvaging, purchasing, and community donations. Latet works as an umbrella organization and empowers 180 local NGOs in 105 communities all across Israel. The food is salvaged at a national level and then redistributed to NGO's based on need, in a quick and efficient manner. Moreover, through Latet's partnerships with large food distributors, the initiative is able to leverage existing resources rather than investing in additional infrastructure.

Sources of food donations for the initiative are divided into several key channels:

Food Rescue and Manufacturers
Food rescue is the regular collection of surplus edible food from food companies and manufacturers. Having access to existing sources of good quality and edible food is fundamental to the initiative’s operational model.

During the past 19 years, Latet established strategic partnerships with leading grocery retailers and food manufacturers in Israel, including Tnuva, Osem, Strauss, Unilever, and Tara, reaching more than 80% of the food industry in Israel. Thanks to those exclusive partnerships the initiative salvages approximately 15 million dollars worth of food every year.  

Food Acquisition:
Latet conducts consistent acquisitions of food from dozens of manufacturers, suppliers and wholesalers, to ensure distribution of basic food products that are essential to maintaining nutritional security and to meeting the needs of the target population.

Public Food Drive Campaigns: 
Campaigns take place in order to collect food from the public at supermarket chains, schools, and businesses. Twice a year, before Pesach (Passover) and Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year), Latet holds a national food collection campaign in cooperation with the Shufersal supermarket chain. Around 7,000 volunteers are stationed at the chain’s branches in order to collect food for impoverished families. 

Telethon: 
Every year before Rosh HaShana, there is a special telethon calling upon the public to donate holiday meals to impoverished families. This program is the culmination of a far-reaching advertising campaign alongside a wide range of activities in the field. 

Scope of Activity:
  • A total of 18 million dollars worth of food each year is recovered and distributed to needy families
  • Ongoing and regular aid delivered to 60,000 families in need and 200,000 individuals in distress
  • Umbrella organization for 180 non-profits in 105 locations
  • Three logistics centers are located in the central region, in the Negev and in the Galilee
  • Throughout the years, there have been dozens of national food collection campaigns, with tens of thousands of volunteers involved
  •  approximately 2 million Israelis give food donations to Latet 


Effectiveness

Relative Advantages and Additional Value:

Strategic partnership's within the food industry:
  • Exclusive agreements with major food manufacturers and dozens of food companies
Uniqueness:
  • As an umbrella organization, in cooperation with more than 180 aid associations and municipalities, the initiative serves as a support network and works to influence potential change in government policy
Ongoing aid:
  • Based on regular acquisition of food products and industrial food rescue
Public campaigns:
  • Motivating action, raising awareness, and instilling values of mutual responsibility
Control and inspection:
  • Ongoing control of the participating organizations, and strict inspection of the supply chain
Logistic infrastructure:
  • 3 logistical centers, ERP system for managing inventory, a fleet of trucks and other distribution vehicles
Ethical code:
  • Formulation and implementation of common and uniform standards to provide aid and preserve the dignity of the recipient
Advocacy activities:
  • Petitions to the Supreme Court, publication of an Alternative Poverty Report, and continuing activities for the establishment of a national initiative and change in government policy
Volunteers:
  • Recruitment, training and overseeing thousands of volunteers year round

Measures of Success:

Development of a food rescue infrastructure in Israel: 
  • An increase in the amount of food recovered annually from the food industry
Building a coalition of associations: 
  • A national social support network with geographic equality
Pooling resources:
  • Coordination, control, inspection and pooling of resources under the security of an umbrella organization 

Channels of Influence:

The program succeeds in creating change through the following channels of influence:

Providing for families in need: 
  • Annual food aid worth millions of shekels decreases the nutritional insecurity of thousands of families and frees resources for other essential needs
National project: 
  • Motivating action and strengthening social solidarity through a network of cooperating organizations including thousands of volunteers, hundreds of companies and thousands of donors and investors
Advocacy: 
  • Latet leads continuous public campaigns  in order to influence change in governmental policy on the issue of nutritional security. The campaigns include petitions to the Supreme Court, lobbying the Ministry of Welfare, social exhibitions, and publication of an alternative report on poverty.

Measures of Efficiency:
  • SROI: Maximum leverage of funds invested in activities: ratio of 1:8 – for every shekel invested in logistic and operational infrastructure, 8 shekels worth of food is collected and distributed.
  • Volunteer hours: 200,00 volunteer hours in aid to families suffering from nutritional insecurity
  • Sustainability: prevention of destruction of edible food worth 84.6 million NIS annually  
קוד אתי

Need:
According to data from the National Insurance Institute, 18.8% of Israeli families live in severe nutritional insecurity, along with 11.7% of children.  Nutritional insecurity is the most severe indicator of poverty. It is notable mainly in the lack of economic ability and regular access to basic and high quality nutrition required for a proper and balanced existence. Moreover, malnutrition damages daily functioning, normal healthy development in children, and a family's ability to live with dignity.

Due to a lack of resources and problems in government policy, finding a solution to the issue of nutritional insecurity has fallen solely on the shoulders of non-profit aid associations in the third sector. Latet understands basic nutritional security as a necessity, and therefore takes the responsibility upon itself to provide for the individuals and families who are lacking this vital requirement.

Target Population:
The program is open to all individuals in need as recognized by welfare services, including a large population of families with children, single-parent families, the elderly and isolated individuals in need living in distress and suffering from nutritional insecurity throughout the country, in all branches of society.

Model and Structure:
The initiative acquires food through three main channels: food salvaging, purchasing, and community donations. Latet works as an umbrella organization and empowers 180 local NGOs in 105 communities all across Israel. The food is salvaged at a national level and then redistributed to NGO's based on need, in a quick and efficient manner. Moreover, through Latet's partnerships with large food distributors, the initiative is able to leverage existing resources rather than investing in additional infrastructure.

Sources of food donations for the initiative are divided into several key channels:

Food Rescue and Manufacturers
Food rescue is the regular collection of surplus edible food from food companies and manufacturers. Having access to existing sources of good quality and edible food is fundamental to the initiative’s operational model.

During the past 19 years, Latet established strategic partnerships with leading grocery retailers and food manufacturers in Israel, including Tnuva, Osem, Strauss, Unilever, and Tara, reaching more than 80% of the food industry in Israel. Thanks to those exclusive partnerships the initiative salvages approximately 15 million dollars worth of food every year.  

Food Acquisition:
Latet conducts consistent acquisitions of food from dozens of manufacturers, suppliers and wholesalers, to ensure distribution of basic food products that are essential to maintaining nutritional security and to meeting the needs of the target population.

Public Food Drive Campaigns: 
Campaigns take place in order to collect food from the public at supermarket chains, schools, and businesses. Twice a year, before Pesach (Passover) and Rosh HaShana (Jewish New Year), Latet holds a national food collection campaign in cooperation with the Shufersal supermarket chain. Around 7,000 volunteers are stationed at the chain’s branches in order to collect food for impoverished families. 

Telethon: 
Every year before Rosh HaShana, there is a special telethon calling upon the public to donate holiday meals to impoverished families. This program is the culmination of a far-reaching advertising campaign alongside a wide range of activities in the field. 

Scope of Activity:
  • A total of 18 million dollars worth of food each year is recovered and distributed to needy families
  • Ongoing and regular aid delivered to 60,000 families in need and 200,000 individuals in distress
  • Umbrella organization for 180 non-profits in 105 locations
  • Three logistics centers are located in the central region, in the Negev and in the Galilee
  • Throughout the years, there have been dozens of national food collection campaigns, with tens of thousands of volunteers involved
  •  approximately 2 million Israelis give food donations to Latet 


Effectiveness

Relative Advantages and Additional Value:

Strategic partnership's within the food industry:
  • Exclusive agreements with major food manufacturers and dozens of food companies
Uniqueness:
  • As an umbrella organization, in cooperation with more than 180 aid associations and municipalities, the initiative serves as a support network and works to influence potential change in government policy
Ongoing aid:
  • Based on regular acquisition of food products and industrial food rescue
Public campaigns:
  • Motivating action, raising awareness, and instilling values of mutual responsibility
Control and inspection:
  • Ongoing control of the participating organizations, and strict inspection of the supply chain
Logistic infrastructure:
  • 3 logistical centers, ERP system for managing inventory, a fleet of trucks and other distribution vehicles
Ethical code:
  • Formulation and implementation of common and uniform standards to provide aid and preserve the dignity of the recipient
Advocacy activities:
  • Petitions to the Supreme Court, publication of an Alternative Poverty Report, and continuing activities for the establishment of a national initiative and change in government policy
Volunteers:
  • Recruitment, training and overseeing thousands of volunteers year round

Measures of Success:

Development of a food rescue infrastructure in Israel: 
  • An increase in the amount of food recovered annually from the food industry
Building a coalition of associations: 
  • A national social support network with geographic equality
Pooling resources:
  • Coordination, control, inspection and pooling of resources under the security of an umbrella organization 

Channels of Influence:

The program succeeds in creating change through the following channels of influence:

Providing for families in need: 
  • Annual food aid worth millions of shekels decreases the nutritional insecurity of thousands of families and frees resources for other essential needs
National project: 
  • Motivating action and strengthening social solidarity through a network of cooperating organizations including thousands of volunteers, hundreds of companies and thousands of donors and investors
Advocacy: 
  • Latet leads continuous public campaigns  in order to influence change in governmental policy on the issue of nutritional security. The campaigns include petitions to the Supreme Court, lobbying the Ministry of Welfare, social exhibitions, and publication of an alternative report on poverty.

Measures of Efficiency:
  • SROI: Maximum leverage of funds invested in activities: ratio of 1:8 – for every shekel invested in logistic and operational infrastructure, 8 shekels worth of food is collected and distributed.
  • Volunteer hours: 200,00 volunteer hours in aid to families suffering from nutritional insecurity
  • Sustainability: prevention of destruction of edible food worth 84.6 million NIS annually  

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Team of nutritional security

Yifat Nuriel Program Manager

Shiri Zomer Coordinator for Food Salvaging and Dist.

David Berg Coordinator Partner NGO's

Naama Yardeni Coordinator Partner NGO's

Yifat Nuriel Program Manager
Shiri Zomer Coordinator for Food Salvaging and Dist.
David Berg Coordinator Partner NGO's
Naama Yardeni Coordinator Partner NGO's

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