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CNEWA Issues Emergency Aid in Gaza

CNEWA-Pontifical Mission has provided hot meals and food packages in Gaza since the war began.

CNEWA-Pontifical Mission continues to coordinate efforts and partner with the local church and humanitarian organizations to relieve hunger and provide basic humanitarian needs for the people in Gaza impacted by the war between Israel and Hamas.

In mid-April, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and chair of CNEWA, will travel to Israel and Palestine. He will visit partnering social service and humanitarian organizations with Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, president of CNEWA-Pontifical Mission. They will also meet with religious leaders and mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

Since the start of the war in October until February, a donation made by CNEWA provided hot meals to 760 displaced Christians sheltering at two churches in Gaza City — St. Porphyrios and Holy Family — as well as those in the vicinity and other neighborhoods in the city. The donation also provided essential medicines for those with chronic illnesses and diseases, as well as hygiene kits, diapers, fuel, cooking gas, bottled water and cleaning supplies.

In March and April, CNEWA-Pontifical Mission has worked in coordination with a local communal food kitchen to deliver food aid to displaced people in Gaza City and Rafah. So far, this project has reached about half of the 600 families it is slated to reach.

CNEWA donations also support the ongoing delivery of food packages to 150 families in Gaza City in coordination with the local church. Packages include one week of basic food supplies, such as 4.4 lbs. of wheat flour, tahini, 1 liter of cooking oil, 8 ounces of halva, and canned olives.

Hot meals are prepared for 600 families in need through a local communal food kitchen in Gaza City, April 2024. (photo: CNEWA Jerusalem)

CNEWA funding also supported the distribution of food packages for 400 displaced families, a total of 2,240 people, in Rafah in collaboration with a local partner, the Association for Woman and Child Protection, which is currently providing emergency humanitarian assistance for women and children in displacement camps in Rafah. Food packages included canned beans, 2 lbs. of rice, 1 liter of cooking oil and other basic food supplies needed to cook warm, nutritious, calorie-rich meals.

In northern Gaza, including in Gaza City, the people are surviving on 245 calories a day — less than a can of beans. The price of food has skyrocketed, and the average family cannot afford basic food supplies.

The United Nations reports that 31 percent of children under the age of two in northern Gaza suffer from acute malnutrition. Last month, a report by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) reported that famine is imminent in northern Gaza.

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