Ramadan Farmers Food Project
Once again, the blessed month of Ramadan is upon us, and we at KinderUSA would like to wish you and your families Ramadan Mubarak!
KinderUSA’s Ramadan Farmers Food Project is now in its 12th year delivering fresh vegetables, fruit, live poultry and dairy products reaching over 3100 families consisting of 8-13 family members. In Palestine, food insecurity is driven by high rates of poverty resulting from unemployment, which is in part due to ongoing Israeli access and movement restrictions, as well as high prices for food and economic shocks. Food is available in markets, but expensive, so many families reduce the variety and nutritional value found in their diet.
In the West Bank, farmers have prepared their fresh produce and dairy to meet the needs of 900 families providing the products of more than 208 small scale farmers’ and local women cooperatives. Women cooperatives produced cheese, maftool (a traditional dish made of burghal), pressed dates, thyme, yogurt and honey for distribution with farmers providing everything from potatoes to Freekah.
In Gaza, our partnership continues with Beit Lahia Development Association distributing fresh vegetables, poultry, and dairy twice a month to 2200 families during Ramadan. Freshly grown vegetables include tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, molokhia, eggplant, squash, and carrots, with chicken famers providing 8 live birds to each family along with flats of eggs. Women cooperatives are providing freshly prepared cheese, jam, maftoul, zataar and doqqa.
Our project is much greater this year as the need continues to grow. For a cost of just $110 per family, we are able to increase food security, provide healthful food options during Ramadan, and perhaps, most importantly, increase families’ happiness and joy during this month of fasting and prayer.
Please consider a donation of $440 to help Kinder USA feed up to 4 Palestinian families during the month of Ramadan while also supporting indigent farmers and women cooperatives. A donation of $1000 will provide enough food for 9 needy Palestinian families.