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Charities launch Pesach appeals

Fiona Green is a features writer

Food banks have been high in demand in the UK
Food banks have been high in demand in the UK

Communal charities have launched their festive Pesach appeals, writes Fiona Leckerman.

World Jewish Relief has set up a Food Cards Programme in Ukraine. Money raised over Pesach will enable up to 16,000 vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals from poverty-stricken areas access to food they need to survive. The scheme spans 34 programmes in Ukraine, offering individuals food cards. £12 provides a card that can be topped up monthly.

Meanwhile, Magen David Adom UK’s Saving Lives Across the World appeal hopes to supply £250,000 of pharmaceuticals to the Philippines. For every £1 donated, MDA UK will provide £20 worth of lifes-saving drugs. These funds will help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan to be treated for illnesses.

MDA UK’s Daniel Burger said: “In the aftermath of the typhoon, we sent a delegation to the Philippines. Following on from feedback, we are now appealing for medical aid to the typhoon-battered country.”

Elsewhere, MANNA, the new name for the UK branch of Meir Panim, is calling on the community to buy a Pesach Food Shopping Card for £36 to help support impoverished families in Israel.

Executive director Gaby Blauer said: “The problem is not the availability of the food but rather the money to pay for it. More than 1.7 million Israelis live in poverty – that’s almost 25 percent of the population.

“It’s a side of Israel that most of us never get to see.”

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