Published: 2021-02-14 13:31
Last Updated: 2023-06-06 23:16
The Director General of Tkiyet Um Ali Samer Balkar said poverty and hunger have increased significantly during the coronavirus crisis. During an interview with Roya's Donya Ya Donya, he said that, based on the statistics about poverty from 2018, more than one million citizens are below the poverty line and approximately 5,000 people are living in hunger.
Based on the data collected by Tkiyet Um Ali, approximately 20,000 families (about 100,000 people) live on less than 14 JD per month, which is less than 50 piasters a day. These people are "hungry, and need food, and they are waiting for their turn," he added.
He pointed out that being in denial about the existence of hunger in Jordan will not change the fact that it is a real problem. He identified hunger as "the amount of pain a person experiences as a result of the unavailability of food."
In 2020, Tkiyet Um Ali distributed 360,000 food parcels at a value of 112 JD million.
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