BEIRUT: The U.N. World Food Program achieved 94 percent of its operational plan in Lebanon for May, while planning more assistance for Syrian refugees in the country in June.
The May assistance of the WFP reached over 744,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon through 715,210 vouchers and 29,278 food parcels. The June plan aims to reach 813,589 refugees with 770,333 food vouchers and 43,256 parcels.
The current number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, both registered and awaiting registration in the UNHCR, is 1,093,603 according to the UN latest figures.
According to the June update of the UN figures for refugees in Lebanon, 1,040,009 Syrian refugees are registered with the UNHCR while 53,594 are awaiting registration.
In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated 390 metric tonnes of dates to the WFP in Lebanon, expected to arrive in late June, at the same time as the holy month of Ramadan is due to begin.
The dates will be distributed among newly arrived Syrian refugees as part of the food parcel assistance, as well as among the Syrian refugees in informal tented settlements and collective shelters.
Dates will also be distributed to vulnerable Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians participating in meals served in communal kitchens during Ramadan.
The WFP has also been analyzing spending patterns of its beneficiaries over time, using data collected from shop interviews and household visits.
Research shows that most households use the entire value of the vouchers at once to buy dry goods and staple items, and use other sources of cash to buy additional items throughout the month as necessary.