We have all heard of the widespread problem of poverty in Israel – hungry adults, ill-fed children. But it is a well-kept secret that thousands of infants are starving as well – because their mothers are too malnourished or ill to nurse them, and yet in such abject financial straits that they cannot afford to purchase formula instead. These children are constantly hungry, as well as at great risk for the serious developmental challenges that can result from poor nutrition.
The Yad Eliezer Keren Eliyahu Feed-a-Baby Program is the only program that cares specifically for these infants. We feed over 2,200 infants whose mothers are unable to nurse but cannot afford to purchase formula, providing these hungry babies with the proper nourishment to develop into healthy children. The program is carefully monitored to ensure that it does not become a substitute for nursing, which is always the preferred way to feed a child.
In the nearly nineteen years of the program’s existence, we have never turned a baby away. But today, with the collapse of the dollar’s value and the increasing financial stress on American families, the Feed-A-Baby program has been driven into severe economic straits. We have been compelled to turn away new mothers, knowing that we are leaving them and their babies without options. Recently we have been forced to contemplate cutting each infant recipient’s monthly allotment from the requisite six cans of formula to just four.
We now work directly with Materna, Israel’s largest baby formula company, who chose to partner with us in feeding the country’s youngest and neediest citizens. Materna generously sells us cans of formula at half price, which allows us to double the reach of our budget. Consequently, the entire month’s allotment of six cans costs just $36. This is a small amount for us, but a large one for Israel’s hungriest infants. On their behalf, we turn to you for help. Click HERE to be a part of this great Mitzvah!
With greatest appreciation,
Chair, American Friends of Yad Eliezer.