Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah


For decades, Palestine has faced a humanitarian crisis. Now, the violent conflict is driving hundreds of thousands of people into catastrophic levels of hunger.


The recent escalation of conflict in Palestine has pushed people already facing extreme poverty into extreme hunger. No one in Gaza is safe from starvation. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency food assistance to people in Palestine every day to address the urgent needs.


of Gaza’s population is displaced due to the ongoing conflict


People in Gaza are facing extreme levels of hunger


People in Gaza assisted by WFP in April 2024

What’s Causing Hunger?

A boy picks his way through a destroyed neighbourhood in Gaza
Photo: WFP Photo/Library

War Threatens Food Security

Ongoing conflict, including the recent increase in hostilities, has destroyed people’s homes and livelihoods in Palestine. By causing mass displacement and damaging sources of food production like restaurants and markets, the war has also fueled a hunger crisis in Gaza. Today, half of Gaza’s population – 1.1 million people – is starving.

Displaced people in Gaza
Displaced people around their makeshift homes in the Al-Qastal School.
Photo: WFP/Arete/Abood al Sayd/2023

A Restricted & Stagnant Economy

With limited resources, restrictions on trade and high unemployment, Palestine has a stagnant economy and mass poverty. As economic conditions worsen due to the global food crisis and current conflict in the region, the purchasing power of Palestinians is further eroded – limiting their access to food and other essentials.

WFP’s Work in PAlestine

The U.N. World Food Programme has worked in Palestine since 1991. We provide food assistance to people facing the most extreme forms of hunger.

Emergency Relief

In October, WFP immediately launched emergency operations to provide urgently needed food assistance. We have provided food and cash to more than 1 million people in Palestine since the start of the current crisis. 

Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023
Food & Cash Assistance

We assist people in Gaza and the West Bank through in-kind food assistance, including wheat flour, chickpeas and lentils, as well as electronic vouchers. Palestinians can use the vouchers to buy foods of their choice at their local shops.

Resilience Work

To help them build resilience to climate shocks, WFP equips small-scale farmers in Palestine with agricultural training and tools. These assets help them to adapt their livelihoods while supporting their local economies.

Photo: WFP/Mostafa Ghroz/2023
Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023

Help Save Lives by Sending Food

When you donate, you help us deliver critical food relief to the most vulnerable people in Gaza and the West Bank. You can make difference in someone’s life – send food today.