Currently, more than 1.6 million people in Gaza are considered food insecure. This is an alarming 31.2% of households, according UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. There are many contributing factors: a high cost of living, low household incomes, and high unemployment compound each other. Additionally, the number of permits for Palestinian agricultural farmers has significantly decreased over the last 5 years, according to data gathered by the Israeli organization, HaMoked.
Our on-ground partners identified in-need Gazan families who had been overlooked by larger aid efforts. The food distribution was locally produced, which directly benefited both the local economies and people in need. The IRUSA Ramadan Food Packages for Palestine included items like wheat flour, rice, sugar, sunflower oil, dried milk, chickpeas, and canned sardines.
A total of 26 Food Packages, costing $70 each, were delivered to underserved families in Gaza.
The Food Packages were sourced locally, which has a positive effect on the regional economy. Additionally, although food must, of course, be replenished, having aid is critical for those who are food insecure. Malnutrition in children can cause long-term health and economic strains for families already struggling to make it. Providing even temporary relief can leave an impact, physically and emotionally, for days, weeks, months, and even years to come.