Food assistance for Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon

Emergency Food Assistance
Lebanon Emergency Food Assistance Project
Implementing Partner: Popular Aid for Relief and Development
Lead Member: Mennonite Central Committee Canada
People Served: 3,277
Budget: $860,500
Timeline: 2021 - 2022

Mennonite Central Committee is supporting Popular Aid for Relief and Development with a continued humanitarian food assistance response in 10 Palestinian gatherings and informal Lebanese areas in Southern Lebanon and Beirut, Lebanon. This project is part of the Syrian crisis responses response Foodgrains Bank and members have been supporting with partners, which is currently in its tenth year.

Food insecurity continues to be a major issue among Syrian refugees and other vulnerable groups in Lebanon. There is pressure on displaced Syrians to return to Syria, as the active conflict decreases, however Syrians are not yet able to safely and voluntarily return to Syria despite the significant challenges of living in Lebanon. One of the greatest barriers refugees face is the continued struggle to find work as strict labour laws limit informal work by non-residents. The overlapping economic and political crises have resulted in massive inflation and high food prices, further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut port blast in August 2020.

In response, this project aims to decrease the vulnerability of 780 households (approximately 3,277 individuals) by increasing immediate consumption and reducing negative coping strategies. Participating households will be provided with monthly cash-based vouchers that are expected to provide 50% of household food needs. Households will be able to use vouchers to purchase food from local markets.

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