Is to end chronic hunger in Israel by rescuing and distributing surplus produce and foods to those in need in the community
Is to end hunger in our community and in our country, and provide the essential and basic need for life; FOOD
Our goal is to establish 20 “Pesia’s Kitchen” hubs, spread throughout the country. To be able and distribute a total of 10,000 tons of rescued & surplus produce prepared foods, bread, and dry basic food products. Equaling to 20 million meals a year. with a cost of less than one shekel per meal unit delivered to the community.
We aim to prove that food rescue can be very inexpensive and low-cost, which is the way to go forward in the struggle to end hunger in the community. With our unique and innovative model Program
We’re proud to be part of the green revolution and help to reduce the toxic greenhouse gas released from buried food waste, polluting and destroying our planet.
Hoping to inspire other programs around the country and the globe to adopt our model of operation
Pesia’s Kitchen was founded in 2011 by the grandchildren of Safta (Grandma) Pesia who fed the poor in her small hometown of Volozhyn, Poland. While Pesia did not have much, she knew that food should be a basic human right and that nobody should go hungry.
Pesia’s Kitchen, along with our corporate food donors and our partner, food bank Leket Israel, rescues and delivers over one million pounds of food every year, all at the astonishingly low cost to the organization of one shekel per meal.
Pesia’s Kitchen is a lean organization operating with a yearly budget is 1 million IL. Shekels ( approx. $300,000-)
- 80% of our budget is earmarked for labor costs involved in rescuing, handeling and delivering over 500 tons of food to our recipient partnering agencies.
- 20% underwrites direct and related expenses which include automobile maintenance, gas, and insurance fees.
The use of approx. 70 strategic volunteers and only 5 employees, allows us to keep these expenses low. There is no rent, secretarial expenses and our legal and accounting service fees are underwritten by proffesional members of our Board of Directors.
How We Do It
As a lean organization with low operating expenses and minimal staff, Pesia’s Kitchen relies on the partnerships and cooperative spirit of other Israeli nonprofit organizations to accomplish our mission. Our skilled team of drivers collect hot meals, fresh produce, and baked goods from generous food donors–food that would otherwise be needlessly thrown away– and distributes it to select agencies and individuals in need. Elderly day centers, communal houses for homeless men, daycare centers for refugee children, battered women’s shelters, after-school youth programs, and more all benefit from these efforts.
Pesia’s Kitchen serves approximately 3,000 people per day.
Our generous food donors provide us with an average of 1,000 meals a day, five days a week.
Our team is comprised of executives coordinating and executing the complex operations and logistics involved with rescuing and distributing more than half a million meals a year, with the help of a small team of dedicated drivers.
Our Board of Directors
Our board includes compassionate and generous people committed to ensuring that Pesia’s Kitchen reaches its full potential.
Gil Blutrich Founder & CEO
Prof. Yuval Elbashan, Adv. Dean, Ono Academic College, Faculty of Law
Dr. Ronit Sharon Psychotherapist, Social worker
Dr Paula Rackoff Rheumatologist Specialist
Nicole Fleischer Digital Healthcare executive
Yossi Alfi Storyteller, Artistic director
Shai Ben-Ami Commerical Real Estate Broker
Avichai Bakst Enterprise | Google Maps
Ruti Lalkin Civil rights advocate, “SHIL” governmental agency
Guy Baram CEO, Baram Original Advertising
Ben Canet Investment Manager
Dr Ari Rephel Oncology Specialist
Anna Scali Linguist, Social Activist, Advocate (ret.)
Honorary Board Members
Daniel Shapiro Ambassador of the United States of America to the State of Israel (ret.)
Julie Fisher Educator, Community Activist
Ophir Pines-Paz Tel-Aviv University, Former MK & Minister of Interior
Erez Lalkin, Adv. Lalkin, Weiss, Gutman, Law Offices
Tamar Yaron Founder of “Jump Cut” School for film editing
Dr. Raanan Kop, CPA, LL.B BDSK Accountants, Chairman of the Jerusalem Association of Accountants
Ruth Berdah-Canet Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Dr. Stuart Fleischer Educator -specializes in Citizen Science Research Projects and Community Support Science Educator
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Your contribution can really make a difference.
Pesia’s kitchen has ambitious plans to create an even greater impact across Israel by saving 20 million meals a year. In order to make these plans a reality, a gradual expansion of food, equipment, transportation and staff donors will be required to service the new food donors as well as the supported communities. With your donation, Pesia’s Kitchen will reach its goal of saving and providing 20 million meals by 2025.
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