Ongoing armed conflict is the main driver of this food insecurity, limiting people’s ability to access the food they need to survive. The conflict has precipitated an economic collapse that has further exacerbated the food security crisis. Food prices have sky-rocketed, compounded by reduced access. Unemployment rates have also soared, leaving basic foods unaffordable for many. High food prices force people to adopt negative coping strategies such as shifting to less preferred and cheaper food or cutting back on their number of meals.
Where will our next meal come from? How can we eat less than we need for the next month? What do we do when our food runs out before we have money to buy more?
Access constraints continue to pose a serious challenge to international agencies especially where conflict is intense. Millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Yet, a network of local NGOs are able to provide food to food-insecure families in five different cities affected by conflict that international relief efforts are not reaching. This includes people who have been internally displaced from the fighting.
A gift of $90 provides a food basket with 2 weeks basic emergency food supplies for a ‘food-insecure’ family (of 5) in an area of conflict. The food basket includes 25 kg of flour, 15 kgs of rice, 4 litres of oil, 6 cans of beans, as well as tea, pasta, dates, sugar and other items according to the needs of the people in each city.
GOAL: 400 food baskets ($36,000) before end of September 2020.
All donations of $2 or more are tax-deductible in Australia.
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