Food & Cash-Based
Assistance
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Restoring the dignity and dietary diversity back to families, by giving them the power to chose which foods to take home.

In other situations, local markets are functioning and food is available – people simply can’t afford it. In these cases, WFP provides cash-based assistance in the form of food vouchers and e-cards, which enable families to purchase fresh and locally-grown food.

The power to choose groceries for themselves restores people’s dignity and dietary diversity. Cash-based assistance has the added benefit of strengthening local economies, supporting regional food producers, and significantly reducing food costs.

WFP can automatically upload funds onto e-cards, so communities in crisis can be reached faster and more efficiently.

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In other situations, local markets are functioning and food is available – people go hungry because they simply can’t afford it. In these cases, instead of commodities, WFP provides cash-based assistance in the form of food vouchers and e-cards, which enable families to purchase fresh and locally-grown food, including produce, meat and dairy. The power to choose groceries for themselves restores people’s dignity and dietary diversity. Cash-based assistance has the added benefit of strengthening local economies, supporting regional food producers, and significantly reducing food transportation and storage costs.

Thanks to e-cards, WFP can automatically upload funds onto what look like debit cards, so communities in crisis can be reached faster and more efficiently. E-Cards can also track food purchases, so WFP can better understand the needs and preferences of the families it serves.