Ahead of the holiday: how the rise in prices has affected the food expenses of Israelis

Towards Passover: A special survey by the Latat organization following global price increases, the consequences of the corona and the war in Ukraine, showed that 31% of Israelis report that their economic situation deteriorated compared to the pre-Corona outbreak, 26.8% of the public indicated that their family income is barely enough to cover their expenses. The basics.

The survey was conducted on April 11 by IPANEL for the organization, among 504 respondents Jews aged 18 and over who constitute a representative sample of the population in Israel. In the context of the cost of living, it appears that a third (32.7%) of Israelis indicate that rising prices will lead to a reduction in their spending on food, 27.2% indicate that they have reduced spending already before Passover, 80.8% indicate that they will shop more calculated.

In addition, about a quarter of Israelis (24.4%) will take out a loan, estimating that they will enter a deficit or be forced to increase it due to Passover expenses. Another figure that emerges from the data is that 46.3% of Israelis indicate that they will donate a holiday meal to the needy, 32.1% indicated that they would like to donate but are unable to.

Rising prices, cost of living, shopping at the supermarket (photographers have nothing to do with the article) (Photo: Avshalom Shashoni)
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93.3% of Israelis believe that the responsibility for dealing with food insecurity lies with the government and with an emphasis on the Ministry of Welfare, 94.6% believe that food security should be a basic right, within the framework of the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.

In the context of the Israeli public’s attitude towards refugees from Ukraine, it was found that 69.4% of Israelis believe that it is our moral duty as Israelis and as human beings to assist refugees who fled the terror of the war in Ukraine to Israel and are not entitled to the Law of Return.

Eran Weintraub, CEO of Let: “Global price rises and inflation are further eroding the already limited purchasing power of the underprivileged, making it more difficult for them to cope with the daily struggle for survival and challenging their ability to get through the holiday season properly and respectfully. The rise in prices is also hurting the ability of the aid organizations to provide the necessary response, as we are experiencing a 15% increase in the prices of the Passover food basket and expect a 20% increase in the annual aspect. “

“Growth in the economy is not seeping down and we are witnessing a growing trend of widening social gaps, so that while Israel is the third country in the world in the rate of the newly rich, it is also third in the world in poverty rates. “The government must deepen its response and support to the needy, who constitute a quarter of the Israeli public – single-parent families with many children, the elderly and Holocaust survivors, who live in distress and deprivation,” he added.

Source: Maariv.co.il – חדשות מהארץ והעולם by www.maariv.co.il.

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