Dec 9, 2014 6:35 AM
UN resumes food vouchers to help Syrian refugees
The Associated Press
GENEVA (AP) The U.N. food agency says it has resumed a food voucher program for more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees that it suspended in early December.
The World Food Program says the program suspended because of a funding crisis is on again because of a huge amount of support from the public and private sectors, along with donor countries.
WFP chief Ertharin Cousin says in a statement Tuesday that an "unprecedented" outpouring of support helped the agency reverse a funding crisis caused because many donors failed to meet commitments.
The program provides Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with electronic vouchers, or e-cards, to buy food in local shops. They are uploaded with an average $30 per family member.