American Univesity of Beirut

Cooking for Beirut: ESDU and FHF Launch Emergency Relief Effort

In response to the catastrophic explosion that devastated Beirut on August 4th, ESDU and FHF launched an emergency relief effort called “Cooking For Beirut" under the Ardi Ardak initiative and will offer hot meals daily to the vulnerable victims of the Beirut blast. Beginning August 6th for three consecutive weeks, they operated from a central kitchen, Akleh in Zico House, Beirut and the kitchen of Khayrat Bekaana COOP in West Bekaa. With the support and generosity of numerous partners, donors, and volunteers, 3002 meals were cooked and delivered. During the recent nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, ESDU and FHF transitioned into a new phase in their relief work: to ensure the safety of team members and volunteers, the production of hot meals was put on hold and in place of these, mouneh boxes were distributed to displaced citizens who were able to cook in their kitchens or temporary shelters. The ingredients of the mouneh boxes were purchased from local farmers, producers, SMEs, and coops in rural areas.

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