UN World Food Programme

High Energy Biscuits - Food For Emergencies

High Energy Biscuits are wheat-based biscuits which provide 450 kilocalories of energy and at least 10 grams of protein per 100 grams. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals.(Copyright: WFP/Rein Skullerud)

High energy biscuits are light, nutritious and easy to transport. That's why WFP often distributes them in the early days of an emergency.

ROME -- High energy biscuits - or HEBs as they're known in the humanitarian world - are an ideal form of food assistance in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster such as the earthquake in Haiti.

They contain vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients along with a dose of energy, which helps give disaster victims the strength they need to steer through the crisis. In addition, because they require no cooking, they provide an immediate solution to food needs.

Watch this video to see how WFP delivered nutritious HEBs to flood-stricken Filippinos in October 2009.