S4L - Food4Life
In early 2020, Lebanon began to witness an unprecedented economic crisis as a result of a long history of corruption and a frail political system, only to be further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Bank, the portion of Lebanese living below the poverty line will reach 50% by the end of 2020, an increase from 30%. The inflation rate has reached a near 60%, and the Lebanese Pound has completely collapsed in value. As the unemployment rate continues to rise, Lebanese families are no longer able to afford accessing basic services or to secure food for their families. In response to the economic crisis, BBJ in collaboration with local partners implemented distribution of food boxes in December 2019, March 2020, May 2020 and July 2020, reaching a total of 900 vulnerable Lebanese families at risk of starvation.