Israel Poverty Relief: Meet American Friends of Yad Eliezer


American Friends of Yad Eliezer fights to alleviate the effects of poverty, while enabling families to retain a sense of dignity.

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American Friends of Yad Eliezer is a charitable organization whose objective is to combat poverty at its root, through an array of programs that provide critical short-term relief, while facilitating long-term recovery. Among its many initiatives aimed at combating poverty, American Friends of Yad Eliezer subsidizes efforts to feed indigent children, families and the frail and elderly. It contributes to efforts to arrange and disseminate food vouchers to the needy which can be redeemed at local supermarkets. The organization supports the distribution of food boxes containing basic grocery staples and household items.

In addition to subsidizing food for the poor, American Friends of Yad Eliezer sponsors job training and adolescent mentoring programs that assist needy families and guide them toward economic recovery and enhanced social development. Additionally, American Friends of Yad Eliezer provides cash disbursements to thousands of families for a one-time need. Whether due to a medical emergency, unexpected expense or the need to get through a difficult time, this fund alleviates their financial distress and allows them to focus on real issues. These grants often prevent a one-time crisis from forcing a family into a downward spiral of poverty from which they can never escape. The organization also supports efforts to provide monthly stipends to widows running single parent homes and who, despite government financial assistance, have trouble making ends meet. 

Our scrupulous management and efficient means of distribution enable us to maintain limited overhead and administrative expenses. Over 96% of funds go directly to needy families. This achievement has earned American Friends of Yad Eliezer the coveted “4-Star Exceptional” rating from Charity Navigator, which rates organizations based on how effectively and responsibly they utilize donations, and to what extent the charity is growing in terms of programs and services. 

Facts and Figures 2020


♦ Over 100,000: people who receive help from American Friends of Yad Eliezer
♦ More than 20,000: families who are assisted
♦ $45+ Million: American Friends of Yad Eliezer’s annual budget
♦ 96.9: percentage of donations given directly to those in need
♦ 3.1: percentage of overhead costs
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4: stars awarded by Charity Navigator for 10 consecutive years
♦ 72,880+: Food Boxes delivered
♦ 15,000+ : weddings subsidized by American Friends of Yad Eliezer, to date

♦ Over 6,000: soldiers who receive holiday help from American Friends of Yad Eliezer yearly
♦ $3,403,133+: dollar amount of chicken and supermarket vouchers facilitated by Amercan Friends of Yad Eliezer during the holiday periods
♦ 20+ : American Friends of Yad Eliezer programs
♦ More than 2,000: malnourished babies who receive formula through monies sent by American Friends of Yad Eliezer, monthly
♦ Nearly 100%: Job Training retention rate for programs subsidized by American Friends of Yad Eliezer

♦ 197: towns & cities throughout Israel in which the impact of American Friends of Yad Eliezer is felt
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