Boxes of Dignity

Numerous individuals and families in Lebanon wait anxiously for the donation of a box of food to arrive each month.

“If we don’t get the food ration, we won’t eat,” said Randa Krayem, who is bound to a wheelchair and has been unable to find work since the economic crisis began in Lebanon. 

She and many other families, who previously prided themselves in being productive and part of Lebanon’s large middle class, have become unemployed amid the country’s multiple crises since 2019 and cast into poverty. A food box program, supported by CNEWA, is their lifeline.

The food ration allows Zahra Al Hamad to feed her children for a month. 

“You can manage to do a lot of things with the oil, sugar, lentils, bulgur and other items in the in the box. You can prepare a small daily meal for your kids,” she said. 

Meet Randa and Zahra and those working to offer them hope in the video below:

Learn about the struggles of refugees in Lebanon, who benefit from this food box program, in “Letter From Lebanon: Living in Solidarity With the Dispossessed” and about the wider food box program in our first Spanish feature article, “Líbano, un País de Neveras Vacías” (Lebanon, a Country of Empty Fridges) in our March 2022 issue of ONE.

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