When schools in Israel closed a few weeks ago, a number of financially and socially disadvantaged children were receiving daily sandwiches during school hours.
More than 9,000 children, in fact, were receiving that support from NEVET; and for them, that might have been their only nutritious meal of the day.
This week, NEVET announced it will begin deliveries of sandwich bread, fillings and other staples to the homes of those students.
In deference to the privacy of the families of those students, school principals in the NEVET program are reaching out to the students directly and identifying those that are in need of support.
Local authorities are providing support with volunteers to distribute the food, according to the organization.
“This is a challenging time and it is forcing us to find alternate ways to help these children, NEVET CEO Rotem Yosef-Giladi said. “This crisis is not just that the children are out of school, but as a result they are being deprived of their regular source of nutrition.
“With our new home deliveries, we will be able to provide food essentials that reaches both the children and their families who we know are all in need.”
“In the first phase of this project, based on donations, food will be distributed to several hundred families in the center of the country, followed by the addition of other locations, as budget allows.
“The distribution will be in coordination with and with the approval of the families of the students, Yosef-Giladi added.