From monthly food baskets to High-Energy Biscuits, WFP is delivering the right food at the right time to feed families in crisis. There are a number of factors that determine which kind of food assistance WFP provides, including:
- Whether vulnerable families have access to running water or cooking sources.
- Whether local markets are functioning.
- The conditions of the regional infrastructure, which determines whether planes, trucks, ships — or even elephants — will be required to transport the food.
Syrian refugees in Lebanon, for example, receive electronic food cards from WFP because markets are functioning and locally grown food is available yet unaffordable for the most vulnerable families. Struggling farmers in drought-stricken parts of the Horn of Africa, on the other hand, are getting traditional food commodities like sorghum or wheat flour because local agricultural production has plummeted.
Learn about the different types of food WFP delivers.