World Food Programme app succeeds in helping 20,000 hungry Syrians

15 Jan 16

A United Nations app that allows users to donate through via their smart phone has achieved its first goal of ensuring 20,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan have vital nutrition at school for one year.

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World Food Programme high-energy biscuit delivery. Credit: UN Photo/Logan Abassi

 

The World Food Programme announced yesterday that its ShareTheMeal App, launched in November last year, has helped 400,000 users worldwide provide the equivalent of almost 4 million meals.

“ShareTheMeal has been widely available for only a few months, and we are greatly encouraged by what we have seen so far,” said Sebastian Stricker, who heads the ShareTheMeal project.

“Smartphone users around the world are engaged and committed to joining our efforts to build a world with zero hunger.”

After hitting its first target to ensure 20,000 young Syrian refugees are well-fed at school for one year, the WFP has now announced a new target. Since yesterday users have been able to help a new group of needy Syrians – mothers, expectant mothers and children in the war-torn city of Homs.

“Good nutrition is critical during pregnancy and while nursing,” said Adeyinka Badejo, WFP deputy country director in Syria.

“By providing mothers and their infants with nutritious food we can help ensure they stay healthy and prevent the most vulnerable children from suffering even more.

The aim is to support 2,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers and their young children at the Aoun Distribution Centre in Homs, which has been a site of particularly severe fighting throughout the five-year conflict, for one year. 

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