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Since the outbreak of renewed fighting in the north east of the country, hundreds of thousands of people are being driven away from their homes. The World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about the safety of civilians trapped in hostilities and is providing food assistance to newly-displaced people as well as to host families, many of which are struggling themselves.

WFP has been on the frontlines of the Syrian crisis since its onset in 2011, doing whatever it takes to deliver food to millions of people who need it.

Within Syria, every month, WFP uses over 4,600 trucks to deliver emergency food assistance to 900 distribution points in all 14 governorates. In besieged and hard-to reach areas, where regular deliveries are not possible and humanitarian needs are extremely high, WFP employs creative solutions, including inter-agency cross-line convoys, as well as airlifts and high-altitude airdrops.  WFP also conducts cross-border deliveries from Jordan and Turkey to bring food assistance to opposition-held areas in northern and southern Syria. Working with over 50 local and international partners, WFP distributes food to 3 million people every month.

WFP urgently needs US$217.5 million until April 2020.

Hundreds of thousands
of people are fleeing their homes due to renewed fighting in north east Syria
4.3 million
people in Syria who received WFP food in September 2019
US$ 229.9 million
funding requirement by WFP until April 2020

What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Syria emergency

  • Food assistance

    Every month, WFP is providing family food rations to 3.5 million displaced and conflict-affected people across Syria. Each ration is enough to feed a family of five.
  • Resilience and livelihoods

    WFP supports activities to rehabilitate bakeries, restore and enhance bee-keeping, promote local production of specialized fortified foods and create employment opportunities at packaging and warehouses facilities for WFP operations.
  • School meals

    WFP supports the education of Syrian children by providing nutritious snacks in almost 900 schools across the country.
  • Nutrition

    WFP fights malnutrition by providing nutrition support to young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Funding needs 

WFP is struggling to meet the urgent food needs of more than five million displaced people in Syria and in neighbouring countries every month. Due to funding shortfalls in Syria, WFP has already been forced to reduce the calories in the food basket. Given the 2-3 months procurement lead time to have the commodities in-country ready for distribution, WFP requires US$217.5 million until April 2020.


How you can help

After eight years of conflict, Syrian children and their families continue to live with war - and hunger. As WFP faces a funding shortfall, we urgently need your help to reach more Syrian families. Be a lifeline. Give food and hope for more peaceful days ahead.

Partners and Donors

Achieving Zero Hunger is the work of many. Our work in Syria is made possible by the support and collaboration of our partners and donors, including: