Food and Water for Gaza

by Global Communities

Over the weekend, CHF International, the largest provider of food aid in the Gaza Strip, continued to deliver food aid to people in need. On Saturday, during the ceasefire, food parcels were delivered to 579 families in Khan Younis, and 430 families in the Al Shajaia Zone. Sunday’s distribution took place in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Each food parcel provides a 2 month supply of basic stapes including: wheat flour, sugar, salt, pulses and oil for an average household of seven.

Silver Spring, January 13, 2009

CHF International, the biggest food aid distributor in Gaza, has delivered food parcels to over 100,000 people since the conflict began.

In spite of restrictions and transport difficulties, CHF’s Gaza team reaches up to 7000 people each day and supports two bakeries with flour.

On Sunday, food parcels were distributed to 774 families in Khan Younis, then on Monday, 270 families in the Al Shaja’ia neighborhood received food parcels. On Tuesday, 479 families in Al Daraj and Al Shaja’ia were reached. The average family size in the Gaza Strip is seven.

870 rolls of plastic sheeting arrived at CHF’s warehouse in Gaza, to be distributed beginning Wednesday to hospitals, clinics, individuals and partner NGOs. Plastic sheeting is an essential shelter material for the displaced people in Gaza. In addition, 300 metric tons of wheat flour were received on Monday at CHF’s warehouse in Khan Younis, ready for distribution.

CHF International continued in its role as the biggest distributor of food aid in the Gaza Strip today, bringing essential items to 1400 families during the 1pm-4pm ceasefire. Food parcels were delivered to 870 families in Khan Younis and to 530 families in the Al Zaiton area of Gaza City. Each parcel contains 100kg wheat flour, 8kg pulses, 4kg sugar, 8 liters oil, and 2kg salt and can feed 5-8 persons for a two month period. Both deliveries took place during the ceasefire to ensure safety of movement for distributors and those receiving the food aid. More deliveries were received, bringing the total of food aid to 434 metric tons of flour and 119 metric tones of other food aid. CHF plans to continue distributing food over the weekend to the areas needing it most.

CHF’s team members continued delivery of food aid today, distributing standard food packages to 500 families in the Al Zaiton Zone of Gaza City. The distribution took place during the planned ceasefire between 1:00-4:00 pm. CHF International is the second largest food distributing agency in the Gaza Strip after UNRWA and continues to provide immediate, life-saving, humanitarian assistance for the civilian population in Gaza. Our team plans to distribute an additional 500 packages in the same location tomorrow during the planned ceasefire. The CHF team is coordinating closely with our partner Local Action Committees to facilitate the distribution of food and non food items to the most vulnerable families in each neighborhood. The Local Action Committees currently take the lead role in informing the beneficiaries about the location and time of distributions through word of mouth. CHF is also coordinating with Internews to provide approximately 1,000 hand-cranked radios for households without power or spare batteries for their radios. A Hebron-based radio station will be used to broadcast humanitarian announcements including the locations and times of planned aid distributions.

Gaza (January 6, 2009) – CHF International staff members continued delivery of food aid today, distributing food parcels to 700 families in Khan Younes. The CHF team is coordinating closely with our partner Local Action Committees to facilitate the distribution of food and non-food items to the most vulnerable families in each neighborhood.

In coordination with the UN World Food Programme, CHF International is also increasing our distribution network to serve 152,000 beneficiaries with a food basket equivalent to 2,100 kcal per day per person. Approximately 150 tons of canned tuna has been added to the food package, but is currently delayed with other relief items at the border crossing.

The delivery of plastic sheeting, expected to occur today, was also delayed at the border. CHF International is ready to begin distribution immediately upon receipt of the items, which are waiting to be transported via a UN humanitarian relief convoy. Planned distribution points include hospitals and warehouses in Gaza City, Khan Younes, and Yarmouk.

Our team reports that food shortages in the Northern region and parts of Gaza city (Al Zaiton, Jabalia town, Biet Lahia, Al Shaja’ia and Al Tufah) are the most acute. Throughout the Gaza Strip, water pumps and desalination capacities are not functioning properly due to a lack of electrical supplies and fuel to run backup generators.


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Location: Silver Spring, MD - USA
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Project Leader:
Erin Mote
Manager of Resource Development
Silver Spring, MD United States

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