Food Security

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Boy with food packageFor the 12.2 million people in need across Syria and the 7.6 million who are internally displaced, obtaining a steady supply of food does not come easy. Four years of conflict have seen increased food prices throughout the country. Air and ground attacks have destroyed farmland, crops and livestock. Many people have become destitute and rely on humanitarian aid for their survival. Yet they continue to seek support and search for ways to feed themselves and their families. And through the hardships, their resilience continues to shine through.

How We Help

In an effort to continue providing food relief, SRD has instituted a Standard Care Package program that includes the distribution of food baskets filled with staple items such as rice, pasta, dates, baby formula, mortadella, sugar, flour, cooking oil and much more. SRD distributes the care packages and food baskets during the spring, summer and early fall months, as well as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

In addition to care packages and food baskets, SRD also provides meat packages to families during the holy month of Dhul Hijjah when Muslims practice the age-old Islamic tradition of sacrificing an animal and distributing a third of it to the poor. The packages are given to families in Syria and Jordan for whom eating meat is a rarity.

During the month of Ramadan, we distribute food baskets to families in Syria and Syrian refugees in Jordan. The baskets contain enough food items—including rice, lentils, beans, vermicelli, cooking oil, tea, cheese, tomato paste and more—to provide for a family of 5-7 people for one month. We also host Ramadan iftars (the evening meal Muslims partake in after a day of fasting) for families in Syria and Jordan. The iftars are filled with freshly-cooked meals. In recent Eid holidays, SRD has held Eid celebrations full of food, activities and presents for Syrian children.

Scroll through these images from last year’s iftars and celebrations:

Ramadan 2015 Iftars

Food items: Rice, sugar, wheat, cooking oil, ghee, lentils, jam, tea, halawa, tomato paste, zatar, mortadella, vermicelli, pasta, dates, cheese, baby formula, milk and eggs

Non-food items: Clothing, medicine, blankets, cooking gas containers, candles and fuel

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