The month of Ramadan is meant to be a festive time spent with family and friends. Yet, in Gaza and Palestinian camps in Lebanon, the bleak situation clouds the joyous occasion.
Many people are celebrating Ramadan without any food on the table.
ANERA responded with our annual distribution of food packages, containing healthy, locally-purchased food items. The parcels contain many items that are a rare treat for poor families and refugees. Foods like cheese, tuna and juice are especially popular. Staples like chickpeas, beans and cooking oil round out the supply.
Thanks to ANERA donors, we are distributing food packages to 1,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon – a majority of whom fled the violent crisis in Syria – and 1,100 of the most impoverished families in the Gaza neighborhoods of Rafah, Khan Younis, Deir El Balah and Beit Lahia. For most, this will be the only relief they receive this Ramadan.
“This Food Package is a Real Blessing”
Under a strong sun and rising temperatures, volunteers and staff members gathered around at the donation centers to help in distributing the food packages. These are some of the people who the ANERA community has brought joy to this Ramadan.