Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023

EMERGENCY IN GAZA & THE WEST BANK

Families urgently need food. WFP is on the ground right now providing emergency food supplies to civilians who’ve been impacted by the sudden escalation of conflict.

A HUNGER CATASTROPHE

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is horrifying. Hunger is rampant and diseases are spreading quickly. Colder nights and winter rainfall are adding to the misery. Famine is looming.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) immediately launched emergency operations to provide families with urgently needed food assistance. Despite immense challenges and security risks, WFP continues to provide food and cash to more than 1 million people in the region. 

5m

Nearly 5 million people live in Gaza and the West Bank.

2.2m

More than 2 million people in Gaza now urgently needs food assistance.

1 in 6

children under 2 are acutely malnourished in northern Gaza.

When you give, will those donations make it to people in Gaza?

SEE HOW WFP IS RESPONDING TO THE HUNGER CRISIS IN GAZA

Feb 21, 2024

With the Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, WFP calls for 10 requirements to be met to avoid an even worse catastrophe including: an immediate humanitarian ceasefire, reliable entry points that would allow aid in from all possible crossings and security assurances to distribute aid across Gaza.

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Feb 20, 2024

On February 20, WFP temporarily pauses food deliveries to northern Gaza until conditions are in place that allow for safe distributions. The decision is not taken lightly. WFP is committed to reaching people across Gaza but the safety and security to deliver critical food aid – and for the people receiving it – must be ensured.

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Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023

Feb 2024

In the first half of February, WFP reached 1.3 million people in Gaza with food assistance. In addition to emergency food aid, WFP also continues to provide bakeries with wheat flour and distribute special food supplements to help children fend off malnutrition. 

Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023

Dec 21, 2023

A new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report confirms that the entire population of Gaza is in crisis or worse levels of acute hunger, and there is a risk of famine unless access to adequate food, clean water, health and sanitation services is restored. The IPC report also finds that a quarter of Gaza’s population – more than half a million people – are starving.

Photo: WFP/Arete/Abood al Sayd/2023

Dec 20, 2023

The first direct aid convoy from Jordan reaches the Gaza Strip since October 7. The 46-truck convoy, organized by WFP and the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, carried more than 1,650,000 pounds of lifesaving food into Gaza.

Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2024

Nov 2023

A pause in the fighting allows WFP to deliver desperately needed food to more than 120,000 people in Gaza.

By the end of November, WFP reached a total of 825,858 people with emergency food and electronic food vouchers across Gaza and the West Bank. In Gaza alone, WFP had reached 759,082 people.

Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023

Oct 21, 2023

The border crossing between Egypt and Gaza opens and enables a first convoy of trucks to bring in urgently needed food, water and other supplies provided by the Egyptian Red Crescent and the United Nations for hundreds of thousands of people in Gaza who are struggling amid desperate conditions.

Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023

Oct 7, 2023

Immediately following the attacks on October 7 and the ensuing escalation of the conflict, WFP begins providing emergency food assistance to people in shelters in Gaza. With the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), WFP starts distributing fresh bread and canned food to around 73,000 people in shelters.

Hunger was already alarmingly high before the conflict intensified, with one third of people in Gaza and the West Bank – 1.8 million – experiencing food insecurity.

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HOW WE’RE HELPING FAMILIES

The U.N. World Food Programme has worked in Gaza for decades. Our assistance is critical to averting the further deterioration of this dire humanitarian crisis. 

We continue to provide over 1 million people with food assistance in Gaza and the West Bank. However, safe access is becoming harder and harder. Humanitarian workers, facing displacement, movement restrictions and constant shelling, continue efforts to deliver food. 

WFP distributes food in Gaza
Photo: WFP/Ali Jadallah/2023
SEND FOOD TO GAZA AND THE WEST BANK

We are providing food assistance as quickly as we can to women, children and families impacted by the conflict. Please help send food today.