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19 January 2021
MCC photo/Stephanie Dyck
Caption for media: A food box for a large family contains a variety of legumes, pasta, meat, oil, salt and tea. It is intended to meet about half the food needs for a family in a month. MCC’s partner The Popular Aid for Relief and Development, will distribute monthly boxes of food through August 2021 to about 1,000 families in Beirut who were affected by the massive explosion of ammonium nitrate in August 2020. MCC photo/Stephanie Dyck
The supplies are for a distribution of food kits in the Karantina, Burj Hammoud and Nabaa neighborhoods of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. This area is very close to the Lebanese port that was affected by the massive explosion of ammonium nitrate in August 2020 and has a large population of vulnerable Lebanese and refugees. Popular Aid for Relief and Development (PARD), an MCC partner, runs this food assistance project for 1,000 households to provide 50% of food needs for 12 months, as well as kitchen items for those who need them.
MCC supports the project through its account at Canadian Foodgrains Bank with matching funds provided by the Government of Canada. The project targets vulnerable households from all nationalities impacted by the explosion including Syrian refugee, Lebanese and other refugee and migrant worker households.