Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Diskin was chosen as "Man of the Year" in the welfare category by two local media outlets in the northern Israeli city of Haifa.

Diskin – who also holds the post as the city’s chief Ashkenazic rabbi – was sent to the Haifa suburb of Kiryat Ata by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, 30 years ago.

The award by Zman Haifa and Radio Haifa comes in recognition of Diskin's contributions throughout the years in helping feed the poor and hungry. What began as a modest effort to deliver food to dozens of families once a week is now a soup kitchen that serves more than 200 hot meals daily and delivers food packages to almost 1,000 families before the Jewish holidays.