Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Popular Aid for Relief and Development with a twelve-month food assistance response in Karantina, Beirut Governorate; Burj Hammoud and Nabaa, Mount Lebanon Governorate.
On August 4, an explosion at the Port of Beirut caused widespread destruction, with 180 reported deaths, more than 6,000 injuries, and complete loss of 120,000 metric tonnes of commodities. One million people are struggling to get enough food, having lost their livelihoods. This includes Lebanese households, refugees from Syria and other migrant or refugee communities.
PARD was already working in other neighborhoods to address pre-existing hunger and has been responding in these neighborhoods since the first days after the blast. This response will expand their work by providing 1,000 households (approximately 5,000 people) with food baskets. Should markets improve after a few months, households will be provided with food vouchers that can be used in local markets.
This response is being funded with Humanitarian Coalition funds.