Pantry Packers® is the food distribution arm of Tzedakah Central/Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating network of social services in Israel – established in 1788.
Every month Pantry Packers® delivers crates containing all the necessary foods and household maintenance supplies to Israel’s poorest families and senior citizens. Every recipient is screened and selected on a non-discriminatory basis by the social services departments of local municipalities without regard to gender, ethnic background, or degree of religious observance. Pantry Packers® maintains a packing plant in Jerusalem where visitors and tourists may partner in its efforts by helping pack food staples which are then included in the Pantry Packers® crates.
History of Tzedakah Central/Colel Chabad
Colel Chabad was established in 1788 by the founder of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, also knows as the Alter Rebbe and the Baal HaTanya.
Then, as now, the raison d’etre of Colel Chabad was to provide meaningful material help – especially food – to the poorest Jews living in the Holy Land.
A core part of the Colel Chabad mandate has always been to help the poor regardless of their age, gender or religious background, in a manner that upholds and enhances their dignity. Colel Chabad has been unflagging in its mission for well over 200 years. It has always been considered the personal charitable trust of each succeeding Lubavitcher Rebbe – testimony to its special importance.
Tzedakah Central/Colel Chabad works hand in glove with municipal Governments throughout Israel who help identify and screen those who are in need. The organization also works closely with the Israel Defense Forces both in war and peace — distributing army surplus food, and serving as the rear echelon emergency food distribution system in Northern Israel.
Tzedakah Central/Colel Chabad continues to be by far the largest charitable organization of its kind in Israel, and is proud that other organizations have recently begun to emulate its programs.
For many generations, Jewish families have kept a Colel Chabad pushka (coin box) in their homes, faithfully contributing a coin or two every day and on Fridays prior to lighting Shabbat candles. This tradition continues, and a free Tzedakah Central/Colel Chabad pushka is sent upon request.