Leket – Tote-Bag Project

Category: Arts and Crafts

Up-cycle T shirts to make Tote Bags for Leket – the largest food bank in Israel 

Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, is Israel’s leading food rescue organization delivering surplus food – providing both hot meals and agricultural produce – to an average of 175,000 needy people every week. The hot meals and fruits and vegetables are all rescued from either destruction or ending up in landfills. In 2018, Leket Israel rescued over 2,300,000 hot meals and more than 15,500 tons of fresh agricultural produce.

 We would be delighted to have you participate in the Leket Israel Sayeret Tapuz Tote-Bag Project. Through the project, participants decorate tote-bags (or create bags repurposed from recycled t-shirts) to be used by Israeli teenagers when rescuing fresh delicious produce from private backyards and gardens in Israel, that otherwise would go to waste.  The collected produce will be distributed to our non-profit partners, providing nutritious fruits and vegetables to those in need throughout Israel.

There are two ways in which you can take part in this project:

 1) Decorating plain white tote bags: students decorate white tote bags with fabric markers and stencils.

Supplies needed:

  1. Canvas tote bags can be purchased from Amazon, a crafts store or wherever convenient. Bags vary in cost and size.  
  1. Stencils and or Fabric Markers

Additionally, you can decorate the bags with sharpies, tie-dye, paint, etc.


2) Creating tote bags out of recycled t-shirts: students repurpose old/used t-shirts and create tote bags

Supplies needed:

  1. Recycled/old/used t-shirts
  2. Fabric Markers

Additionally, you can decorate the bags with sharpies, tie-dye, paint, etc.. 

 Leket instructions


Please email Clare Gilboa – clare@leket.org to let her know that you are planning on making bags for Leket so that she can let you know the address for delivery.

Additionally – if you or any of your friends are visiting Israel at any time and have some room in your cases to take some bags out please do let her know, she will be very grateful !