The Food Card
Food Card is a project founded and managed by the non-profit organization: Jewish Assistance and Relief Fund. The project is aimed at helping the largest number of families in need in the most efficient manner, economically and logistically, and respecting the privacy and dignity of the needy.
Food Card is a monthly rechargeable debit card for the purpose of acquiring essential grocery products from the best chains of supermarkets.
Families are referred to us via welfare departments in their respective municipalities. We also cooperate with other funds and welfare organizations by issuing Food Card for them.
It is not our intention to replace neither the Ministry of Welfare nor the Social Security services; yet, we believe that a contribution of NIS 250-300 could considerable improve each family's well being.
In contrast to other projects, the entire contribution reaches the recipient directly, to be consumed wholly. One hundred percent of the contribution reaches the recipients delineated by the donor.
The common monetary value of the cards issued is roughly NIS 250-300 per month. However, values can also reach up to NIS 2,000 per month. This occurs in cases of exceptional need or when specific families were adopted by donors who choose to grant larger sums.
One of the unique advantages of Food Card is that the donor may define the card recipients by geographic location and parameters such as new immigrants, single mothers, holocaust survivors, etc.
This useful debit card provides the person in need with a degree of autonomy not available by other means. It gives the cardholder a sense of belonging to the typical consuming public, a sensation they may have not experienced.
Food Card cannot be used to purchase tobacco, alcohol or electrical appliances. Each recipient signs a waiver allowing us to verify that the card has not been used to acquire these items.
One of our goals is to reach also the needy in the most remote and isolated areas in Israel.
The most important advantage of this project is preserving the dignity of the recipient.
The current expenses of this project are covered by the discount received from the chain of supermarkets. In case the discount exceeds our current expenses, then the excess money is redirected to increase the volume of contributions of Food Cards issued by us.
The Food Project is managed by one employee only.
The project was launched about 10 years ago and issued cards in excess of NIS 105 million.
In 2017 we supporting 20,000 families from across the country with food cards and ration cards with financial assets of 4,000,000 NIS.