40% of children in Israel are at risk of living in poverty

Statistics published by Israel's Bureau of Statistics (ICBS) state that almost a third of the Israeli population (29%) are in danger of living in poverty. This figure compares to a European average of 16%. The report also comments on the fact that only 53% of the adult population are able to cover their household expenses each month. (food, electricity, telephone etc.)

The report was released on the International Day of War on Poverty to highlight socioeconomic change within Israeli society.

Receiving a food bag from Agape
- Children and the elderly are reported as being most at risk. 

- 40% of children in Israel are at risk of living in poverty and the rate of young people missing meals for economic reasons rose by 7% in 4 years.

- A third of Israel’s elderly are at risk.

- 17% of the 52% of adults needing medical attention in Israel, did not seek the medical treatment they needed because of financial difficulty. 

Some of these ‘at risk’ families and elderly are directed by social services to Agape Distribution Center. Managed by Avi Mizrachi and a dedicated staff, Agape seeks to
help the poor and needy in the Tel Aviv area with food and clothing.  A warm welcome and a friendly smile greet the 70 or so families that receive help each month from this vital ministry. The clients come from a wide spectrum of Israeli society: low income Jewish families, the elderly, new immigrants from Russia and Ethiopia, Arab Christian and Muslim families and recently refugees from Sudan.
Pensioner receives food bag

Every month each family is given a bag of essential food items and invited to browse through the shelves of good quality used clothing.  "Our vision is not just to be providers of vital supplies, although this is important,"  said Nenette, one of the staff, "but also to be vessels of ‘Agape’ love."  All the staff and volunteers are believers in Yeshua (Jesus) and aim to fulfill His commission to love your neighbour through the acts of kindness they express at Agape Distribution Centre.

Your People My People has been involved with this ministry for many years and has heard many testimonies from their clients about the care and respect they receive from the staff.  

Avi Mizrachi and Agape client
Most of the Israeli holidays are celebrated with family gatherings around a large feast of special foods. It is at times like these, when Israeli society is celebrating, that poor families feel the pressure of financial lack. As often as possible, Agape Distribution Center likes to bless poor families that come to them with extra food for the holidays.

The Feast of Purim (20th March 2011) is a joyful holiday, full of fun and of course special food. Agape Distribution Center is planning to invite the families and the elderly that they help, to come and receive extra food for the holidays and also special gifts for the family. For previous holidays, the special gift packs have included expensive products like laundry detergent and shampoo, that these families often struggle to afford.

Gift of products for the holidays
$45 / £30 / 35 will provide a special Purim gift package for one family.

If you would like to be involved with Agape Distribution Center in reaching out to these families for the Feast of Purim, contact us and we will let you know how you can help.