Navigating a New Life

E-vouchers provide nutritious food for Syrian refugees while boosting the Turkish economy

Director of FFP
Feb 24, 2016 · 4 min read
A Syrian refugee chooses apples at a supermarket funded by the European Union and implemented by the UN World Food Program in partnership with Turkish Red Crescent and AFAD, at a refugee camp in Osmaniye, Turkey. / Adem Altan, AFP
Syrian refugees in the camps in Turkey can buy more nutritious food, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, with monthly assistance of about $29 per person via electronic voucher cards from the UN World Food Program and the Turkish Red Crescent. Syrian refugees living in Turkish cities are only more recently receiving monthly food assistance of about $17 per person from the UN World Food Program. / Marisa Traniello, USAID
USAID’s Office of Food for Peace Director Dina Esposito meets with a Syrian beneficiary in Turkey — which has accepted more Syrian refugees than any other country in the world. / Brianna White-Gaynor, USAID

“When I first received the card, I bought items my children hadn’t eaten in a long time. They were so happy to have chicken and cheese,” she exclaimed.

One of the biggest benefits of this program is that refugees can save their limited personal savings for other pressing priorities, such as rent and heat.

E-voucher assistance from the UN World Food Program to refugees in Turkey not living in camps began in July 2015, and is having a positive impact on Turkish communities. In this store in Kahramanmaras city, bilingual staff help Syrian refugees navigate the large store. / Brianna White-Gaynor, USAID

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Dina Esposito is the director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. Follow her @DEsposito_FFP.

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Ending extreme poverty in this generation.