Cash and Vouchers


WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves.

Cash transfers provide money to people who are struggling to provide food for their families; vouchers can be redeemed for food items or “spent” in selected shops. They are used to tackle hunger in places where there is plenty of food in the marketplace but where poor people cannot afford to buy it.

Cash and vouchers can sometimes cut down the costs of transporting and storing food. They benefit the local economy, because beneficiaries spend the money in local markets. People often prefer cash and vouchers to traditional food assistance, because they offer more choice and variety.

WFP is using innovative ways to deliver the assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” delivered to mobile phones by text message.
 

Cash and Vouchers - Stories

  • Cash Transfers Help Ebola Survivors Make a Full Recovery

    Once receiving a clean bill of health after treatment for Ebola, survivors still need support to manage the trauma of the illness, and the loss of livelihoods that persist long after the virus has left.

  • Making a Difference Through E-Transfer Cards in South Sudan

    The World Food Programme (WFP) is taking steps to diversify and improve the way it delivers food assistance in parts of South Sudan where there are functioning markets.

  • World Refugee Day In Ecuador: "Food Tastes Better when we are Together"

    Through the Family Meal initiative, a project developed by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), photographer Chris Terry travelled around the world in search of the ingredients of the family meal.  His journey took him to Ecuador’s northern border region, where he met eleven-year-old Ximena and her family shortly after they fled the armed conflict in Colombia and moved to Ecuador.
     

  • Philippines: Parent Volunteers In Dolores Thankful For Typhoon Ruby Cash Assistance

    In December 2014, Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) first hit the municipality of Dolores, Eastern Samar in the Philippines. Ma. Lourdes ‘Ondith’ Senina and Ana Helen Docabo, residents of Dolores, share their experience during Hagupit and how they have gotten back on their feet with assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the World Food Programme (WFP).