When an emergency crisis strikes, due to natural disasters or conflict and war, Canadian Foodgrains Bank supports those in need by providing emergency food assistance in the form of food baskets, vouchers, cash, or food-for-work programs.
In the Syria crisis, as many as 470,000 people are dead, 4.6 million refugees have fled the country, 6.6 million have been displaced within it, and 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The conflict continues into its sixth year, and the suffering continues.
A few other facts:
- An unprecedented 59.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 20 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. (Source: UNHCR)
- The average amount of time spent in a refugee camp is 17 years (Source: Kilian Kleinschmidt)
- Each day over 45,200 are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution (Source: UNHCR)
- Since 2009, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with an average of 22.5 million people displaced by climate- or weather-related events since 2008 (Source: IDMC 2015).
Through its members, Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding.
Inside Syria, we are providing food for over 49,000 people through Mennonite Central Committee Canada, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, and World Renew. In Jordan, we provided vouchers for 7,000 people through our member, Canadian Lutheran World Relief. In Lebanon, we are providing vouchers and food baskets for over 17,000 people through our members, Canadian Baptist Ministries, Mennonite Central Committee and World Renew.
Since 2012, we have committed over $30 million to help people affected by the war in Syria.
More help is needed.
It is expected that these needs will continue for some time. The Foodgrains Bank is planning additional responses through its members to widen its response to help more people affected by the Syrian conflict.
Within Syria, it costs about $9.60 to provide supplementary food assistance for one person for a month, or about $60 for a family of six.
The assistance helps people who are able to work, but who can’t earn enough income to pay all their expenses, including for food. Support from the Foodgrains Bank helps them to stretch their budgets in order to have enough to eat.
Additionally, you could download our worship resource Welcoming the Stranger for your church to observe World Refugee Day; learn more about what it’s like to navigate the difficult choices with our new activity, Forced to Flee, for youth and young adults; or learn more about people affected by the Syrian Crisis through our special feature, Faces of Syria.
Visit us at Nathan Philips Square, between 11:00am and 6:00pm, in Toronto on June 20th and join in our activities during a World Refugee Day open-air event.
Learn more about food assistance in this video.