CHF International – the biggest food aid distributor in Gaza – has reached over 100,000 people since conflict began

Silver Spring, January 13, 2009—CHF International, the biggest food aid distributor in Gaza, has delivered food parcels to over 100,000 people since the conflict began.

In spite of restrictions and transport difficulties, CHF’s Gaza team reaches up to 7000 people each day and supports two bakeries with flour.

On Sunday, food parcels were distributed to 774 families in Khan Younis, then on Monday, 270 families in the Al Shaja’ia neighborhood received food parcels. On Tuesday, 479 families in Al Daraj and Al Shaja’ia were reached. The average family size in the Gaza Strip is seven.

870 rolls of plastic sheeting arrived at CHF’s warehouse in Gaza, to be distributed beginning Wednesday to hospitals, clinics, individuals and partner NGOs. Plastic sheeting is an essential shelter material for the displaced people in Gaza. In addition, 300 metric tons of wheat flour were received on Monday at CHF’s warehouse in Khan Younis, ready for distribution.

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CHF in the Palestinian Territories

CHF International is one of the largest implementing agencies in Gaza. Our current programs include a food for work program, implemented jointly with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), through which we provide a food basket of wheat flour, beans and oil to 127,000 beneficiaries in exchange for community service work. CHF International implements a USAID-funded local governance program, working with six municipalities to improve community services and basic infrastructure. CHF International also manages a microfinance program which provides housing and small business loans.

Since 1994, CHF has successfully managed 12 programs in the Palestinian Territories designed to support local democratic reform, infrastructure and emergency job creation, community services, and development finance. CHF’s diversity of programs is testament to the fact that we are a dynamic organization that is able to effectively meet a variety of changing needs. CHF is skilled in implementing programs that bring together a variety of partners and is recognized by multiple funding agencies, Palestinian community leaders, municipality officials, and NGOs for our ability to rapidly respond to needs on the ground and make tangible and lasting improvements.

For more information: Contact David Humphries, Communications Manager, on 301 563 1891, email dhumphries@chfinternational.org. Daily updates are posted on www.chfinternational.org.