UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

10/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/21/2019 05:35

On World Food Day UNRWA and Qatar Charity Promote Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits

In coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), under the theme 'Food Systems to End Hunger in the World', Qatar Charity distributed 37,000meals to Palestine refugee students in 35 UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip on the occasion of World Food Day. The distribution began at the UNRWA Basic Beach Co-Educational School 'A' and will continue through to Sunday, 27 October 2019. This activity seeks to promote the importance of healthy food and nutritional eating habits. Every meal distributed consists of vegetables, fruits, a bottle of water, fruit-flavored milk and a snack.. In addition, every child will receive an informational flyer highlighting healthy nutritional habits.

Approximately 80 per cent of Gaza's population depends on humanitarian assistance after years of blockade, repeated rounds of hostilities and political unrest. Some one million Palestine refugees rely on quarterly food assistance from UNRWA to meet their basic food needs. This timely initiative by the Qatar Charity comes in harmony with the Agency's efforts to promote food security and nutrition.

Expressing his gratitude for Qatar Charity's donation, Farid Abu-Athra, Chief of the UNRWA Education Programme in Gaza, said: 'We would like to thank Qatar Charity for this initiative on World Food Day which is a great opportunity to raise awareness of our students about the importance of healthy nutrition.'

In addition to the aforementioned support from Qatar Charity, a General Cooperation Agreement between UNRWA and Qatar Charity was signed on the margins of this year's United Nations General Assembly on 22 September 2019 in New York.