Food Security for Lockdown Areas in Sri Lanka

Food Security for Lockdown Areas
in Sri Lanka

The Situation

The South Asian island nation of 21 million people has reported more than 9,200 COVID-19 infections, with over half detected after more than a thousand garment factory workers tested positive.

Given the fact that the specific local areas identified have been under mandatory lockdown for weeks and the fact that vast majority of the residents are daily wage earners and/or unable to commute to their workplaces due to travel restrictions associated with the lockdown; there is an emergency need to help with dry rations for the families.

Unlike the lockdowns seen in other countries, where citizens were able to drive to the grocery store or a walk in the park, the curfew imposed by the Sri Lankan authorities ensured that people stayed at home.  The new regulations caused major disruptions of lives and income of the Sri Lankan people. Though the government institutions are supposed to provide some sort of emergency relief that has not materialized in practice yet in these areas.  As a result, many lost their livelihoods and became food insecure. They are not able to provide for their families basic needs or medical attention. As a result, they need help in order to remain healthy.

How IDRF is helping

IDRF aims to provide Sri Lankans in particular regions that are heaviest hit with the lockdown regulations, packs of food to relieve their distress regarding hunger. These packs include sufficient amounts of rice, flour, lentils, canned fish, tea leaves, sugar, dry noodles, onions and milk powder. 

$25

Help 1 family

with enough food to last one month.

$100

Help 4 families

with enough food to last one month.

$250

Help 10 families

with enough food to last one month.

The Impact

people will receive food parcels to last them three months.