Distribution of cash vouchers for food begins in eastern Ukraine

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A mother and son receiving a WFP food voucher in Ukraine. File Photo: WFP/Iuliiya Korzh

Cash vouchers from the World Food Programme (WFP) are being distributed in eastern Ukraine to help people in the strife-torn area buy food.

This week WFP began distributing cash to 60,000 people, most internally displaced persons, in the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk.

Maria Carlino reports.

Since fighting broke out between pro-Russian rebels and government forces last year, people have been suffering from food shortages and poor nutrition, according to WFP.

Giancarlo Stopponi, WFP's representative in Ukraine, said the food agency is using cash transfers in areas where banks and markets are functioning to restore normalcy to people's otherwise shattered lives. 

WFP partner Mercy Corp, began distributing the first round of cash vouchers this week in northern Luhansk.

Each person will receive the equivalent of US$20.50 per month, most of which is likely to be spent on food.

The agency has expanded its emergency operation to provide food assistance to more than 575,000 people in eastern Ukraine until the end of the year. 

Maria Carlino, United Nations.

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