A bread crisis takes place in the Middle East due to decades of instability and conflict. Considered a main staple food item, many families can not afford to purchase bread due to high inflation on pricing or difficulty reaching any bakeries due to distance.
A deep economic crisis, as well as destruction to infrastructure have also led to severe wheat shortages and no nearby bakeries. Low income families relied heavily on bread as the cheapest and most filling food staple but the armed conflict led to a decline in domestic wheat production and drove millions into poverty. Their reliance on bread is even greater but their ability to attain it is much more difficult.
Many families who are internally displaced are forced to travel through checkpoints and far distances to wait in overcrowded lines waiting for bread, only to have the bread run out and be told there is no more and have to return home empty handed.
The Bread Run initiative through Al-Ihsan foundation oversees the distribution of 2000 bags of bread every 2 days to orphans and internally displaced person’s living in numerous refugee camps.