Sunday, October 16, 2005

Help an Israeli family bring food into their Sukkah

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Dear Friend,

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors this past month, A Full Plate was able to give out over 1,000 debit cards to needy families for this Holiday month and has secured pledges to feed several hundred families for the entire New Year.

Unfortunately, thousands of applications from equally needy families cannot be fulfilled. Our ability to help additional families depends entirely on the support we receive from the extended Jewish family throughout the world.

Monday night starts the beginning of the Sukkoth Holiday, a time when the Jewish people leave the warmth and comfort of their own homes and eat in a tent, demonstrating our faith in Hashem. Many of these families will be staring at an empty table in their Sukkah.

The report from the National Insurance Institute for 2004 shows an increasing number of Israeli families living below poverty. One of every four families in Israel currently lives below the national poverty line. One third of Israel's children go to bed hungry! The actual figures for 2005 are even worse.

For the past year, A Full Plate, has been feeding needy Israeli families with DIGNITY and CLASS. Currently, needy families receive monthly pre-paid food debit cards, allowing them to purchase food items of their own choosing and based on their needs. More important, recipients of these cards purchase their food like every other Israeli family, merely by swiping a pre-paid debit card at any store participating in this program. At the same time, we are helping the Israeli economy by purchasing foods locally.

A Full Plate's mission is simple:

A) To feed Israel's hungry and working poor families,

B) To maintain recipients dignity and self-esteem,

C) To educate beneficiary families to shop more economically and nutritionally balanced, and

D) To provide donors with 100% accountability on usage of their funds.

For a mere $1.80 per day, (approximate cost of a daily snack), you can feed an Israeli family for an entire month. Your donation of $54 will provide one Israeli family with a pre-paid food debit card with a value of 250 NIS/Shekel, in itself a higher value than the actual donation of $54.

Individuals or families who undertake the sponsorship of an Israeli family for an entire year, $54 x 12 = $648 (payable in full or by monthly debit of your credit card), will qualify for our Matching Grants program, and will actually help feed two Israeli families for each full year sponsorship of one family.

Sponsoring one or more families is the same Mitzvah as inviting guests to your home and sharing the Holiday meals with them.

Please help us once again and make your most generous Sukkoth gift to A Full Plate, a project of Israel's National Food Bank.

With best wishes for a Gmar Tov, and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year for you and your loved ones.

Rabbi Eliezer Avtzon
Founder and US Director


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