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Head of Liaison Office in London
Gregory Barrow heads WFP's liaison office in London. Before joining WFP, Greg worked for 14 years as a TV and radio journalist for the BBC.
"Ready-to-eat meals offer an immediate solution to the food needs of hospital patients, who might otherwise go hungry.”
GAZA -- WFP has widened its emergency relief programme in the occupied Palestinian territory by distributing ready-to-eat meals to feed sick and injured patients in hospitals across Gaza. Read news release
The meals come in packages containing items such as canned meat, chicken curry, cheese and biscuits.
“The ready-to-eat meals offer an immediate solution to the food needs of hospital patients, who might otherwise go hungry,” said WFP Emergency Coordinator, Gemmo Lodesani. “Cooking gas is still in short supply, and without this intervention, patients might miss out on a nutritious daily meal.”
In the coming days, WFP aims to distribute more than 40,000 ready-to-eat meals to the civilian population.
The first tranche of the meals were part of a donation from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in response to WFP’s “Operation Lifeline Gaza” appeal. As well as distributing the meals to hospital patients, WFP will also provide them to school children as a one-off ration.
The distribution of ready-to-eat meals comes on top of WFP’s normal distributions of standard rations such as wheat flour, cooking oil and chickpeas to 365,000 people affected by conflict and food shortages.
Since the resurgence of conflict in Gaza on 27 December, WFP has distributed two month rations of food to more than 220,000 people. In addition, WFP is providing free school meals to 30,000 children, and has distributed one-off emergency packages including date bars, bread, high energy biscuits and canned goods to more than 150,000 people.