As of May 4, 2020, the Mayor’s Emergency Relief Fund has raised 10 Million ILS
As part of the Emergency Fund’s first round, the following actions were performed:
1. Welfare families and at-risk populations:
A. Distribution of 2,009 food vouchers
B. Special grant for ‘Home Base’ (Street Residents – Drugs and Food)
2. Senior Citizens and Holocaust Survivors:
A. Distribution of 1,000 food vouchers
3. Jaffa and the Arab community:
A. Distribution of 1,686 food vouchers
4. Artists and employees of cultural institutions (Artists’ Fund):
A. 51 special grants
5. Students at risk:
A. Distribution of 1,000 craft kits for special education children
B. Distribution of 1,000 game kits for children of single mothers
C. Special grants for ‘HaYarden’ and ‘Bialik-Rogozin’ schools
6. The Foreign Community:
A. Distribution of 3,181 food coupons
B. Distribution of 100 tablets for children
C. Special Activity Grants for NGOs:
Activity Grant for ‘Kuchinate’ (Drug + Food)
Activity Grant for ‘Assaf’ (Drug + Food)
Activity Grant for ‘Pessia’s Kitchen’ (Food)
7. Women at risk (Prostitution and Domestic Violence):
A. Distribution of 100 vouchers
Artists and the Creative Community
The Artists’ Fund – at the amount of 700,000 ILS, was established, for Supporting Distressed Artists.
The first committee distributed the following grants:
In the supported bodies track: 121 grants – 310,000 ILS total,
In the Independent Artists Track: 26 grants – 107,700 ILS total.
In the next round, another 200,000 ILS will be distributed.
Special Education Children
Delivery has begun for more than 1,300 craft kits and games to special education children and children from families in need.
The distribution will also take place during the Passover “Chol HaMoed” days.
The Elderly Community
In a joint initiative of The Municipal Social Services Administration, Community Administration, Operations Division and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, 700 volunteers came to Menorah Hall, Neve Shaanan, Shapira neighborhood, HaTikva neighborhood and Jaffa, to collect 25,000 food packages for 5,000 elderly people in isolation.
The Foreign Community
Food vouchers at 350,000 ILS worth were purchased and distributed digitally.
The following is scheduled to take place:
Another round of distributing food vouchers to families in need along with a menu of healthy food recommendations.
Purchase and distribution of tablets for families with children.
Jaffa and the Arab Community
Food vouchers were purchased as follows:
Digital Food vouchers at large chains – 120,000 ILS worth
Digital Food vouchers at a local market for the Arab community – 100,000 ILS worth
Children of Asylum Seekers and Work Immigrants
HaYarden School has about 500 students. 100% of parents currently do not work and are not eligible for unemployment benefits; they live on minimal reserves that run out quickly. The school has created an internal rating of the emergency in each household (by economic status, number of children, single parents, etc.). At present, 250 families are defined as “emergency – the greatest need is for food deliveries.
Thanks to Josh Weston’s contribution and the delegation he brought to Israel, many families could be provided with the food they so desperately need.
The Emergency Relief Fund’s City Coin campaign implements digital measures to encourage consumer behaviors such as local shopping, which rewards residents with the Tel Aviv digital currency, and also encourages them to stay close to home and away from crowded places such as big markets. The platform also encourages people not to touch cash and we have added a section that encourages viewing of health ministry informative videos.
Between March 17th and March 30, 2020, we had 4,044 participants, 360 active businesses and 7,140 coins handed-out.
Small Businesses – City Coin
During this unprecedented crisis the entire urban ecosystem is hurting, small businesses that employ many of our immigrant community are closed or working in minimal capacity. These businesses are the heart of our ecosystem; when they shut down, they send home the entire staff. This means thousands of people living paycheck to paycheck have no means of sustaining themselves.
It is imperative that during this time we continue to support our small business, while adhering to the guidelines. This means shopping locally and safely and making sure that our businesses keep their doors open as long as possible.
To this end, we are proud to have partnered up with Colu, and launched a campaign towards incentivizing our residents to shop at our city’s local small businesses.
Residents who shop locally can earn the digital Tel Aviv Coin.
Last night, we ended packaging of food products from the Mayor’s Emergency Fund.
Today the distribution will be made to the families in need.