Qiryat Gat Feed A Hungry Family

Qiryat Gat is the development town which has been the focus of a major part of BBUK’s fund raising during the last 30 years. The town has absorbed 30,000 immigrants from 40 different origins, including Ethiopia, Russia and Central Asia, giving the town a high unemployment figure and many challenges among its inhabitants.


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Over the years, BBUK has been involved in a number of projects in Qiryat Gat, and the current one was prompted by the revelation that school children were stealing sandwiches from each other. This was verified on investigation by visiting the homes in question where they found empty fridges and a general lack of food.

As a result, BBUK currently raises funds for the provision of regular food parcels for needy families. The food is sourced, packed and distributed by young Israeli volunteers who make the deliveries discreetly, at night, so as not to draw attention to the recipients. The target, from donations, that we need to raise each year is £15,000 which is increasingly difficult to achieve, so we would greatly appreciate your generous response.

Qiryat Gat – BBUK’s Only Collective Commitment to Israel

Walter Breindel writes:

Dear Members and Readers

Please let us have your continued support and contribution as soon as possible to help us reach our minimum suggested goal of £15,000 to £20,000 from the AGM of 2015 to the AGM of 2016. This will help the Qiryat Gat Foundation to assist the Hamishbir Le’Gat volunteer organization with its feeding programme of more than 300 needy families in the town.

At present the Foundation is only able to help about a 100 different families every three months with weekly food distributions (as seen by those of us who visited the distribution and packing centre on our last BBUK two trips to Israel). We must remember that Qiryat Gat has one of the highest unemployment figures of 11%, with 60% of the town’s families under the poverty line.

Please do not forget our ongoing support for Qiryat Gat, which is one of the two core projects of BBUK.

Sadly last year, for the first time in the 17 years that I have been associated with Qiryat Gat, we were unable to fulfill our commitment to the town by not reaching our normal target with help from all the lodges. This makes me unhappy, especially after receiving two emails, one from the mayor and one from Yitzhack Abt, the chairman of the Qiryat Gat Foundation, stating that they are in desperate need for our continued support.

Please help now – I urgently look forward to your help and continued support for 2015/2016

Fraternally yours

Brother Walter Breindel – Israel Portfolio BBUK