They are all Israeli innovations!

On its 70th birthday, the “Start-Up Nation” is ranked second in innovation by the World Economic Forum. With its technological advancements, medical ingenuity, and humanitarian aid, one would think that Israel could resolve one of its most pressing challenges: poverty. Yet the country continues to fall short in bridging the gap. Of Israel’s nearly 9 million citizens, 1.7 million live in poverty. This number includes 800,000 children.

“The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD] continues to report that Israel has one of the highest poverty rates of any developed country,” said Goldie Sternbuch, Director of Overseas Relations for Meir Panim. “Our Restaurant-Style Soup Kitchens, located throughout Israel, fill with people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds looking for a hot, nutritious meal – often their only meal of the day.”

Seeking to break the cycle of poverty, Meir Panim also runs After-School Youth Programs for at-risk children. These provide hot meals as well as academic assistance and emotional support.

“If Israel is to remain at the top of the list for innovation and act as ‘a light unto the nations,’ we must take seriously the country’s poverty rates,” stated Sternbuch. “Whatever we do today helps build Israel’s future success tomorrow.”

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