Yerevan, ARMENIA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided Armenian Caritas with food commodities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The two agencies will provide food assistance to vulnerable individuals across the day care center “Little Prince” in Tashir, Gavar and Vanadzor cities, as well as Center for Children and Youth with Multiple Disabilities “Emili Aregak”.
Over 360 beneficiaries in Gyumri and Vanadzor benefitted from additional food items from WFP within Caritas food baskets, which Caritas provides to the vulnerable families in Armenia on regular basis to support their food security and livelihood. Thanks to such partnerships it becomes possible to ensure a more comprehensive response to COVID-19. WFP is encouraged by the valuable partnership developed with Armenian Caritas which will enable to provide food assistance as an essential life-saving and life-changing support to vulnerable families during these unprecedented times.
With the development of the pandemic from a health to a socio-economic crisis, it is expected that the number of people who would be pushed into food insecurity by COVID-19 will increase. Therefore, food assistance in different provinces of Armenia is a vital measures, which also helps the government of Armenia to support the social protection of the most vulnerable.
Throughout the crisis, in Armenia and around the world, WFP continues supporting the food security of individuals with the mobilization of additional resources, relying on its expertise in logistics and supply chain, well as identifying new partners and encouraging them to 'come together' in joining forces amidst the pandemic.
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.
Having the status of benevolent NGO, "Armenian Caritas" focuses its efforts on social protection and care, as well as community development programs, to improve the living and educational conditions of beneficiaries, the health of the most vulnerable social groups, and implements sustainable reintegration measures Humanitarian and development activities. Since the beginning of its activity, "Armenian Caritas" has provided direct support to thousands of people in 125 communities of Armenia. There are main seven directions of the Armenian Caritas: Social Protection of Children, Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Social inclusion and care of the elderly, Disaster Risk reduction and emergency response, Community Development, Migration and Integration, Institutional Development of AC.