JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Social Affairs Minister Moshe Kahlon said his ministry will provide needy Israelis with a magnetic card to purchase food at local stores instead of handing out food packages.
The ministry will distribute the cards to 32,000 needy families with funding assistance from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.
Kahlon’s announcement came a day after he criticized non-profit organizations for humiliating the needy by publicly handing out food packages.
"The method of handing out packages of food must disappear," Kahlon said Wednesday. "I oppose photographing the needy when they come to collect a basket of food. The Social Affairs Ministry is promoting magnetic cards as a means of distributing food aid."