Feeding Syrian Refugees? There’s An App For That
The World Food Programme has launched an app called ShareTheMeal which gives the world’s approximately two billion smartphone users the ability to feed Syrian refugee children in Jordan.
According to Newsweek, in September of 2015 the WFP removed a third of all Syrian refugees from its food voucher program, including 230,000 Syrians refugees in Jordan, due to lack of funding. The donations made by users of ShareTheMeal go a long way toward picking up the slack. A donation of 50 cents feeds a child for one day, $3.50 provides a week’s worth of meals, and $182.50 covers a child’s food security needs for an entire year.
As of Nov. 13, 2015, over two million people had used the app to provide meals for Syrian refugee children that are part of the WFP’s school meals program. Payments can be made with debit card, credit card or PayPal. For every hungry child, there are 20 smartphone users.