Tel Aviv-Yaffo is the largest metropolitan area in Israel. Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the city boasts a popular coastline, attracting tourists from all around the globe. The project center is located in South Tel Aviv. The area is known for its low socio-economic status and holds onto its historic architecture and style. It is also the center of the refugee community.
About the Project
There are many families and individuals suffering from food insecurities or the inability to afford to buy all of the food they need. This can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life and lead to depression, impede learning opportunities and the pursuit of gainful employment. In cooperation with the Tel Aviv Department of Welfare and Social Services, the food distribution center supplies bi-monthly food parcels to about 350 needy families in order to try to combat the negative side effects of food insecurity. The packages contain basic food products including sugar, flour, oil, pasta, canned vegetables and more. The center, which has been operating for 25 years, relies on volunteers to help prepare and deliver the parcels to families in the city.
Orientation in Jerusalem
Your volunteer adventure will start off with a GoEco orientation at a fantastic hostel in the center of Jerusalem. The orientation is a great base to meet fellow volunteers and travelers and includes the following:
- Volunteer preparation and travel directions to the program
- Expert advice for traveling in Israel during and after your volunteer placement
- Walking tour of Jerusalem, including the Old City and the famous Machane Yehuda market
- Discount card to experience Jerusalem's vibrant nightlife
- 1 night dorm accommodation and breakfast (private rooms available for extra price)
The GoEco orientation will begin at 10:00 AM on arrival day. The next morning, you will travel to Tel Aviv with public transportation. Full travel details to Jerusalem and the project will be provided upon registration.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
As a volunteer at this project, you will be able to directly impact the lives of many families and allow them to feed themselves and their families. The food items are purchased by the center, donated by various manufacturers, or gathered during community food drives.
Your job will be to sort the food and create the packages that will be delivered, paying close attention to those families that have special diets or need specific supplies such as baby formula. While this task is simple in nature, the effect that it has for the families that receive packages is enormous.
Finally, the actual distribution of food is done by volunteers, soldiers, and/or corporations who join this cause or assist with transportation. The food is distributed directly to homes and families in order to be sensitive to the families' privacy.