The right to food is the most basic of human rights. UNRWA safeguards this right through the provision of cash assistance and basic food items to the most vulnerable Palestine refugees who would otherwise be unable to meet their food consumption needs. The Agency also provides emergency cash and food assistance in times of crisis to reduce the suffering of affected families.
The UNRWA Social Safety Net Programme (SSNP) aims to mitigate food insecurity among Palestine refugee communities with priority focus on the abject poor, through a range of social assistance, including cash transfers and/or the provision of electronic cash vouchers (e-cards) and, in Gaza only, a basic food basket. In 2018, over 250,000 Palestine refugees were assisted through the SSNP. During this period, the Agency also provided emergency food assistance to 933,979 Palestine refugees in Gaza and emergency cash assistance to 405,644 Palestine refugees in Syria.