promoting equal educational opportunities by providing a nutritional breakfast solution for children in Israel who need it
Nevet provides nutritious daily school meals for Israeli children from disadvantaged backgrounds and dysfunctional homes. Nevet distributes some 1.3 million breakfasts every year to 8,000 students daily at 130 schools across 46 Israeli municipalities during the morning break.
The sandwiches fortify these students to concentrate on their studies and move towards a better future. They create a nutritional anchor and a consistent routine for the children every school day.
Nevet’s in-house nutritionist oversees the program to ensure that all sandwich ingredients (whole wheat rolls, cream cheese, yellow cheese, tuna, hummus, tahini, olives, pickles) are healthy and nutritious. Nevet delivers the ingredients, as well as napkins and plastic bags, to participating schools, which store the food in special refrigerators and assemble the sandwiches.
Nevet was founded by the non-profit organization Leket Israel in 2006 and became an independent non-profit charitable organization in 2016, supported by private donors. It does not receive any government funding.
The challenge of disadvantaged children in Israel is intensifying. According to the Israeli government’s National Insurance Institute, there are 776,500 children living below the poverty line in Israel. There are still some 13,500 children on Nevet’s waiting list – and Nevet estimates that there are hundreds of thousands of others who would benefit from its program.
Nevet provides more than just breakfasts; it gives children the opportunity to succeed and break the cycle of poverty. The program has been proven to reduce child delinquency, violent or disruptive behavior, and school absences as it, and help children stay in school and focus longer.
Research has shown a direct tie between school breakfast programs and academic performance. An article in the scientific journal “Human Neuroscience” analyzed 36 different studies to determine how eating breakfast affected cognitive abilities, behavior during studies, and academic achievements of students up to age 18. The studies showed that eating breakfast regularly had a positive effect on behavior and atmosphere in class: students who east breakfast perform better than others in class assignments, are more focused and more motivated.