Qatar Charity (QC) has announced that it is all set to mark World Food Day, which is celebrated annually on October 16, by distributing 100,000 meals to refugees and poor families in Palestine, Turkey and Lebanon at a total cost of QR1.5mn. The distribution of meals on World Food Day comes as part of Qatar Charity’s “continued commitment to achieving the second UN Sustainable Development Goal, Zero Hunger, by 2030, as food is a fundamental human right”, the organisation said in a statement.
In Palestine, QC will distribute hot meals to poor families “most in need”. The distribution will take place in Ramallah, Gaza and Jerusalem, where people live in challenging circumstances and the poverty rate has increased to 80%, the statement notes. Qatar Charity will distribute meals to thousands of affected Syrian refugees, including women, children and the elderly, in Turkey. It will also deliver meals to low-income Turkish families who are unable to meet their daily food needs under difficult living and economic conditions.
Turkey hosts the maximum number of Syrian refugees and is currently home to more than 3.6mn refugees, according to Turkey’s Interior Ministry statistics for 2019. Besides, QC will also provide meals to Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, as they are more impoverished and marginalised, living in camps under very difficult situations due to displacement and poverty, the statement adds.