Prof. John Gal, Principal Researcher and Chair of the Taub Center Welfare Policy Program, participated in a meeting of the Special Committee on the Treatment of Holocaust Survivors, headed by MK Meirav Cohen with the participation of the Ministers of the Interior and Health, MK Moshe Arbel and MK Meir Cohen (previously Minister of Welfare). The committee discussed criteria for the distribution of food vouchers and their impact on senior citizens and Holocaust survivors.
Prof. Gal presented data on the average gap of 9% between families living below the poverty line and those who received food vouchers, that is, not everyone who is below the poverty line receives food vouchers. In Prof. Gal’s words, “the gap is especially wide in Arab towns (14%) and in Bedouin towns (28%). In contrast, in towns with a Haredi majority, there was a gap of 2% to the benefit of the families – that is, more families received food vouchers than those living below the poverty line.”