WFP’s ShareTheMeal App Now Raising Funds For Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon

April 27, 2016

ROME – ShareTheMeal, the award-winning app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

ShareTheMeal’s fundraising goal in Lebanon will support 1,400 refugee children aged 3–4 in Beirut for a full year. The children’s parents receive funds transferred to their regular WFP electronic food vouchers, allowing them to buy the foods they want in local shops which also supports host communities and the Lebanese economy.

“With ShareTheMeal, you can easily help parents who have lost everything provide for their children,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director Dominik Heinrich. “Nutritious home cooked meals are essential to children’s physical and mental development, and they help provide a sense of stability that is critical in children’s lives.”

Through the app, smartphone users can join thousands of other people in support of a selected community or project goal and monitor its progress. Donations can range from US$0.50, the global average for feeding a child for a day, to a monthly gift. Since its launch in November, almost half a million people have helped ShareTheMeal reach funding goals in Lesotho, Jordan and Syria. The goal changes once the app users have reached a particular target. Most recently, the app raised funds for women and children in the devastated Syrian city of Homs.

On 26 April, it was announced that ShareTheMeal will receive the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award for Mobile Sites & Apps—Best Practice Category. ShareTheMeal was also named among the best apps by both the Google Play and Apple App stores and recently won the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.

With the Syrian conflict in its sixth year, more than a million Syrians now live in Lebanon, including vulnerable children. Many refugee families have exhausted their savings and are unable to earn an income, making them increasingly reliant on food assistance.

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ShareTheMeal allows smartphone users to share their meals with hungry people via a free iOS and Android app. ShareTheMeal was founded in April 2014 and is an initiative of the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator. Since November 2015, the app has been available globally and has received several awards for its design and innovative character. Learn more at sharethemeal.org.

WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address:firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2614, Mob. +201015218882
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982