Salei Mazon ( lit; food baskets) are delivered nationwide, from a central warehouse. An army of volunteers is engaged in the process of packing and delivery.Food basket recipients are identified, screened and approved by the social services departments of local municipalities which work very closely with Colel Chabad to assure that no needy family goes hungry. The monthly food baskets contain all non-perishable household food items, potatoes and root vegetables, as well as cleansers and other consumables needed for the entire month. Colel Chabad’s wholesale cost per shipment is NIS 250, with a retail value of NIS 375. Food basket contents are constantly being fine tuned subject to detailed follow-up with each recipient family. This enables Colel Chabad to determine how best to meet their nutritional and household maintenance needs.
Holiday food baskets
Before major festivals such as Rosh Hashanah and Passover, the program is expanded to include nearly 25,000 additional families that hover just above the poverty line. These families barely make do under normal circumstances, and are in no position to cover the holiday necessities. Holiday food baskets include all items listed above, plus meat, poultry and fish at a wholesale cost of NIS 400 per delivery — a retail value of NIS 600.
in times of crisis
During the 2006 war in Lebanon, Colel Chabad’s distribution branch in Safed was the primary civilian food delivery organization in Northern Israel, working hand in hand with the Israel Defense Forces to make sure no one went hungry despite the constant barrage of rockets.
Most recently during the the summer of 2014.
Aware of the critical situation facing some in the south—particularly the elderly and economically distressed families—the Israeli government asked Colel Chabad to step in on Wednesday to provide Shabbat meals to those in need.
More than 2,400 people in rocket-battered cities like Netivot, Sderot, Eshkol, Sha’ar HaNegev, Sedot Negev, Merhavim, Ofakim and Nof Ashkelon received the already-prepared foods.
Pantry-Packers supports a chain of four at-cost supermarkets, where the poor and near poor can shop affordably and with dignity. The stores are located in areas with high concentrations of poor, large families – Bnei Brak, Elad, Beitar illit. There is also an online supermarket from which groceries and household products can be ordered for delivery. Net sales for the last year were over 50 million shekels ($14 million) representing a gross savings to the shoppers of nearly 20 million shekels. The supermarket chain is slated for expansion in the years ahead.