ShareTheMeal App Hits First Target

Two months after its global launch, the United Nations World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app has fulfilled its goal of ensuring 20,000 Syrian refugee children in Jordan will have vital nutrition at school for one year. Starting today, app users can help a new group of needy Syrians with a tap on their smartphones – mothers, children and mums-to-be in the war-torn city of Homs. SharetheMeal App Enlarge image Screenshot of SharetheMeal app (© WFP)

The suffering of malnourished people in besieged towns such as Madaya, Fouah and Kefraya, has highlighted the importance of providing nutritional support to vulnerable Syrians. ShareTheMeal’s new funding goal supports pregnant women, nursing mothers and their children, enabling them to boost their nutrition with meat, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables

The aim is for ShareTheMeal users to support more than 2,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers and their young children for an entire year at the Aoun Distribution Centre in Homs, Syria. At the centre, mothers receive vouchers from WFP to buy fresh produce, which is vital to improving dietary diversity. Good nutrition, particularly in the first 1,000 days of life, is vital for children to reach their full mental and physical potential.

ShareTheMeal was launched globally in November 2015. Through the app, smartphone users can donate to selected WFP programmes. The suggested donations start at US$0.50, which is WFP’s global average for providing vital daily nutrition during emergencies. So far, close to 400,000 users worldwide have provided the equivalent of almost 4 million meals. “ShareTheMeal has been widely available for only a few months, and we are greatly encouraged by what we have seen so far,” says Sebastian Stricker, who heads the ShareTheMeal project. “Smartphone users around the world are engaged and committed to joining our efforts to build a world with zero hunger.”

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