Food aid: Who gets what?

Each year, the ICRC distributes food to millions of people suffering the effects of conflict, violence or disaster. The ICRC and the National Societies work together to help the hardest hit, giving them not just the food they need to survive short-term, but also a measure of self-reliance. Every continent, region and country is different, and we make sure that the type and quantity of food we distribute is appropriate for the people we're trying to help.

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  • Latin America

    Rosario, Nariño department, Colombia. An indigenous woman receives a food parcel.

     

    Half ration for one person for one month:

    • 4 kg carbohydrates (rice, corn or wheat flour, pasta)
    • 1.5 kg beans or lentils
    • 1 can sardines (425 grams)
    • 1 kg sugar
    • 0.5 kg chocolate beverage
    • 0.125 kg coffee
    • 0.125 kg salt
    • 1 litre oil

    The type of food we distribute depends on what people usually eat in the country or region concerned.

    The amount depends on need; where people have nothing, we distribute a full ration (about 2400 calories a day). If they already have half of what they need, we just provide what's missing.

  • Africa

    Gereida, Sudan. Internally displaced persons collect food, clothes and soap from the ICRC.

     

    Full ration for one person for one month:

    • 12 kg cereals
    • 4 kg beans
    • 2 litres vegetable oil
    • 0.5 kg salt

    The type of food we distribute depends on what people usually eat in the country or region concerned.

    The amount depends on need; where people have nothing, we distribute a full ration (about 2400 calories a day). If they already have half of what they need, we just provide what's missing.

  • Middle East

    Al Ghuta, Homs, Syria. Local people help Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers unload food parcels.

     

    Half ration for a family of six for one month:

    • 6 kg cereals
    • 2 kg beans, split lentils, chick peas
    • 1 litres vegetable oil
    • 0.250 kg salt
    • tomato paste
    • tea
    • sugar

    The type of food we distribute depends on what people usually eat in the country or region concerned.

    The amount depends on need; where people have nothing, we distribute a full ration (about 2400 calories a day). If they already have half of what they need, we just provide what's missing.

  • Asia

    Makir, Maguindanao province, Mindanao, Philippines. ICRC staff distribute food to displaced persons.

     

    Full ration for one person for one month:

    • 6 kg rice
    • 2 litres coconut oil
    • 1 kg canned fish
    • 1 kg sugar
    • 0.3 litres soya sauce
    • 0.2 kg coffee
    • 0.2 kg salt

    The type of food we distribute depends on what people usually eat in the country or region concerned.

    The amount depends on need; where people have nothing, we distribute a full ration (about 2400 calories a day). If they already have half of what they need, we just provide what's missing.