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Israel - Social Food Program in Tel Aviv

Israel's most famous city, Tel Aviv, is known for its enriching lifestyle and cultural diversity. Despite the continuing development in the area, much of the population suffer from welfare problems. Join a team of wonderful people who purchase food from several sources in Israel, then package it and distribute it to the underprivileged in Tel Aviv and Jaffa.



Fast Facts

Location of ProjectTel Aviv, Israel
Project LengthMin 1 week- Max 3 weeks
Arrival AirportBen Gurion Internation Airport, Tel Aviv, Israel
Volunteer WorkFood preparation and packaging
Number of ParticipantsUp to 2 international volunteers
Age18 - 60

What's Included

AccommodationShared dorm room in a hostel
FoodBasic breakfast included at hostel
SupportLocal in-country team and 24hr support
Orientation GoEco orientation in Jerusalem upon arrival
Health Insurance Comprehensive health insurance for volunteering in Israel
Pre-Departure Kit Full project details will be sent following registration

What's Not Included

Flights, lunch and dinners are self-catering (budget around $15 per day), airport transfer to Jerusalem (budget around $15), transportation from orientation in Jerusalem to Tel Aviv (around US$5), personal expenses


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 10:30 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.

A typical day: You will spend the day sorting, organizing and packing food into boxes although it is important to be flexible in case the program director needs your assistance in a different way.   

You will work from Sunday to Thursday for about 6 hours per day. 

*Please note that volunteer activities and schedules can change at any time based on the needs of the project.


Living Arrangements

Accommodation: You will stay at a hostel in a same-sex dorm room with 5 other people and a shared bathroom.  The room is basic but comfortable and has bunk beds, bed linens (please bring your own towels), air conditioning, cable TV and a closet. The hostel is located right in the center of Tel Aviv, just a few steps from the beach. 

If you do not want to stay at the hostel and prefer to book other accommodations, please let us know following registration.  We will be able to refund you a portion of the volunteer fee and advise you about other options.  

Food: A  traditional Israeli breakfast is provided at the adjacent restaurant from 7:30 am - 9:30 am and consists of breads, cheese, olives, vegetables, labneh (a type of yogurt), coffee and tea. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and cafes nearby. 

Internet: free Wi-Fi in the hostel



Travel Highlights

Israel has a fantastic selection of historic and religious landmarks. It is easy to travel to other areas of the country for the day or a weekend including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, Masada, the Dead Sea and Eilat.  Nature lovers can hike the Jesus Trail and visit the Nimrod Fortress, travel to the Negev Desert to see shooting stars, enjoy the plant diversity of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa and view archeological ruins in Caesarea or the grottoes in Rosh Hanikra. 


Minimum Requirements

  • Min age 18, max age 60
  • High level of independence
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Strong and physically fit

Here's an excerpt of Fabienne's experience:


"In the food distribution center, I worked together with the staff there to pack the food boxes and to deliver them to the needy people. Nearly 350 families are assisted this way per month. Even more before Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur."

Read the rest of her story on the GoEco blog!



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