When Om Mohammed goes to the grocery store with her children and chooses the food she wants to purchase, in a small way she is taking back some control over her life.

Om and her three young children fled to Lebanon to escape suffering borne out of violence in Syria.

Ongoing conflict has left many refugees in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Hunger, fear and unthinkable anguish are a reality for the women, men and children who have been uprooted from their homes and are desperate to rebuild their lives in a new country.

Om has no job and her husband is deceased. Each month, she struggles to pay her rent on top of school and transportation fees for her children. Om worried constantly about being able to provide enough food for her children.

Beneficiary Shopping PARD

Cash vouchers give recipients the freedom to purchase the groceries they want while saving money for other living expenses

Responding with Food Vouchers

Presbyterian World Service & Development—with our partners at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank—is responding with food vouchers to refugees facing hunger and food insecurity in Lebanon. These vouchers allow families to purchase foods like rice, sugar, milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs. For Om, these vouchers are critical, ensuring the health of her children.

Without the food vouchers, Om would have to make tremendously difficult choices—whether to buy food or pay for shelter for her family—choices no one should be forced to make.

Om is happy that with this support she can give her children healthy food to eat. She also enjoys a sense of freedom and empowerment when choosing which items she wants to purchase at the stores.

Over 12 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance as a result of violent conflict in Syria.  PWS&D is working with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to respond by providing much needed food assistance to those affected.

Support this ongoing response by making a donation through your church offering, mailing a cheque to the PWS&D office, calling us at 1-800-619-7301 ext. 291, or clicking the donate button. Please mark your donation “Syria Crisis.”