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Muslim INGOs Pakistan to distribute Ramadan Food Packs to poor families 

30 Julie 2011 12:42:36

Muslim INGOs Pakistan to distribute Ramadan Food Packs to poor families


The Muslim INGO Forum Pakistan (MIF) which links together Muslim INGOs operating in Pakistan announced today that this Ramadan they are joining together to distribute Ramadan food packs to poor families in Balochistan.


Initially, 20,000 people will benefit from these Ramadan food packs which contain enough supplies for one month for a family of 6-8 members.  The MIF spokesperson said during a Press Conference held here on Friday at National Press Club, Islamabad added that the food packs contain dates, flour, lentils, cooking oil, sugar, tea and milk.


“Ramadan is a time for reflection and doing what we can to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” mentioned the MIF spokesperson. "Each year Muslim INGOs distribute food packs individually but this year as a pilot project, all Muslim INGOs in Pakistan are uniting to work together deliver more and the experience of working together has proven to be successful.


The purpose of these distributions is to ensure that timely food packs should be given to poor families to help them in Ramadan which will increase food security for the most vulnerable households in food deficient areas of Balochistan.


While highlighting food security in Pakistan, MIF members said about one third of the population do not have access to food needed for adequate nutrition which is manifested by the widespread incidence of malnutrition.  Policy makers, planners and development agencies must address the issues of food security and malnutrition in children and mothers which has reached 27 per cent in Sindh.


MIF stressed the need to develop policies for sustainable household food security, assessment of nutritional needs, strengthening of food control system and improving preparedness and disasters response.