88-year old man waits at a food distribution point in the West Bank. Photo:WFP/Colin Kampschoer
With a deteriorating security situation in Gaza and the West Bank, WFP scaled up its monitoring of stocks in shops and food prices to assess the impact of the current situation on Palestinian livelihoods and food security. WFP provides food assistance to 604,000 people in Palestine.
A woman shows her ID to pick up her in-kind food ration at a distribution point in Gaza City. In Gaza, food insecurity levels were alarmingly high in 2013 with 57 percent of the Gazan population facing food insecurity – the levels were unchanged from 2012.
Children help their parents collect commodities they receive at a food distribution point in the West Bank. In 2013, food insecurity levels in the West Bank stood at 19 percent, while families spend approximately half of their monthly income on food. Price increases are therefore likely to increase food insecurity.
Access to Hebron and other areas in the West Bank is currently limited. In this photo an 88-year old man waits at a food distribution point. In the West Bank, a total of 193,000 people are being reached every month with in-kind food distributions.
A boy in Gaza sits on a 50 kg wheat flour bag. A typical in-kind food ration includes fortified wheat flour, iodized salt, sugar, fortified vegetable oil and pulses. Food items cover the majority of daily caloric requirements, comply with Palestinian eating habits and are easy to prepare and store.
WFP is currently replenishing its in-kind food stocks in Gaza for the August distribution cycle and as a contingency for any unforeseen needs in case the situation further deteriorates and additional people require food assistance.
WFP completed its in-kind food distributions in Gaza and the West Bank at the end of June, which means families have sufficient food in their houses through August. In this photo a girl is enjoying the fresh bread her mother prepared with WFP’s wheat flour.
The electronic food voucher programme in Palestine reaches 130,000 people and provides food insecure families with a debit card allowing them to purchase locally produced products. In response to current access restrictions to the Hebron governorate in the West Bank and the deteriorating security situation in Gaza, WFP is closely monitoring the impacts on its voucher programme.
Find out more about WFP's work in Palestine here.