Five years ago, Amir Tzabari was in a tough financial situation. It became so bad that he couldn’t afford food for his family.
During that extremely painful time, he made a vow to God that when he got back on his feet, he would help the needy. And he would help them with the utmost sensitivity to their dignity.
Amir vowed from his heart, and as we know, God desires the heart…
Two years ago, Amir finally got back on his feet. Despite the economic collapse during lockdowns, God blessed him with a dignified income, allowing him to provide for his family, pay back his debts and fulfill his vow to help the needy.
In fulfillment of his vow, he began a volunteer-run food bank that initially served one family once a week. A one-man operation, he would buy the food and deliver it to their door late at night. The struggling family never knew who gave them this food, and so their dignity was preserved.
Today, Amir’s food bank is helping 53 families per week!
Dozens of volunteers, many of whom are at-risk teens, help sort, bag, and deliver the food. They provide cereal, rice, flour, eggs, milk, oils, juices, fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and other special Sabbath foods every week.
To protect the dignity of the needy families, Amir and his volunteers deliver the food late at night in local supermarket bags. This way, the food looks like it is being delivered from a supermarket, not a charity organization.
With all of Amir’s success in serving the needy in Rehovot, one thing threatens to cut his success short: lack of storage space.
Amir has been running the food bank from a donated room that he can only use for two hours a week on Thursday night! That means food shipments, sorting, bagging, and deliveries must be done extremely quickly in a tiny space.
The current space allows Amir to help 53 families with Sabbath food, once a week. But during the rest of the week, Amir has no storage space, so he’s forced to turn hungry families away.
This is THE LAST thing he wants to do.
And even more critically, Amir has over 1,500 families that need food for the Jewish High Holidays that begin on September 25th.
It is expensive to provide large, multi-generational families with festival meals. At the same time, there is less paid work available during the holiday season, leaving families with less money to spend. Unsurprisingly, food costs alone put many of these families into debt. Amir wants to save them from this debt.
Sadly, Amir might have to tragically turn these 1,500 needy families away due to limited food storage space!
How can we leave these families without food for the Holidays?
And now for the good news: The City of Rehovot believes in Amir’s work. They recently granted him a small lot to install a 1,000-square-foot storage facility. Half the battle is won, but the war isn’t over.
To help more families, Amir only needs to buy a $30,000 prefabricated mini-warehouse that will be delivered the same day! Once he has the necessary funding, Amir will be able to feed those 1,500 families – in 8 HOURS or less!
His new facility will have plenty of space for long-term storage. This will allow him to immediately bulk order dry and frozen foods at very low prices and help even more families.
With the High Holidays starting September 25th, there is no time to delay. We need to help Amir fulfill his Godly mission to feed 1,500 families NOW and into the future.
Donate NOW, and you’ll bless 1,500 needy families in Rehovot with the most joyous holiday season ever!
“For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you: open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land…”
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