Making a Difference During the Holidays

Preparing Bûche de Noël cakes for distribution to the victims of the Beirut Blast

Due to the many socio-economic challenges that Lebanon is facing, the holidays are still a difficult time for many vulnerable and less fortunate families who are struggling to put food on the table and make ends meet.

To make a difference this holiday season, FHF’s Akleh Community Kitchen decided to collaborate with a number of NGO’s as part of the “Akleh Christmas Initiative” under the Ardi Ardak National Food Security Initiative to spread the joy of Christmas by distributing hot meals to families across Lebanon. To support small-scale farmers, all the ingredients were sourced from rural areas.

Hearty and delicious chicken and rice dishes

On the 23rd and 24th of December the Akleh Community Kitchen prepared and distributed 3,325 hot meals to families in need. Additionally, 860 meals and 100 Bûche de Noël cakes were delivered to the victims of the Beirut Blast. The distribution was done in collaboration with the Mar Yaacoub church, father Pere Majdi from the “Bonheur du Ciel” association, Father Jean-Marie Chami, Berrad El Hay and Basecamp Beirut.

Preparing Bûche de Noël cakes for the victims of the Beirut Blast
Hot meals packed and ready to be delivered to families in need

In an effort to provide nutritious food for families in need during the holidays, FHF in collaboration with ESDU under the Ardi Ardak National Food Security Initiative prepared and delivered a total of 110 mouneh boxes to different neighborhoods across Beirut including Naba’a and in Tripoli and Aramoun.

Mouneh box ingredients sourced from local small-scale producers
Mouneh boxes filled with ingredients sourced from local small-scale producers

The distribution was done with the help of the Rashet Kheir and Ruwwad Al Tanmeya NGOs and “Soeurs de la Charité de Sainte Jeanne Antide.” All the mouneh boxes were filled with fresh and healthy ingredients sourced directly from local small-scale producers.

We’d like to express our gratitude to “Search for Common Ground” (SFCG) and all the wonderful donors and volunteers who helped us make this holiday season special.

Despite these challenging times, FHF remains hopeful that better days are just over the horizon and wishes all of you a joyous holiday season filled with love and good food.

Relief Work

Letter of Gratitude

Ever since the catastrophic explosion transformed Beirut forever and sent shock waves around the world on August 4th, FHF and ESDU have been hard at work in the Akleh community kitchen in Beirut and the kitchen of Khayrat Bekaana Coop in El Khiara – West Bekaa to provide hot meals to the victims of the blast through our “Cooking For Beirut” emergency relief effort under the Ardi Ardak initiative.

Our work would not have been possible without the kindness and generosity of our partners, donors, chefs and dedicated volunteers who have supported and sustained our efforts during these tiring times. Over the last three weeks with the help of 39 volunteers and 26 ESDU and FHF team member volunteers, we cooked and delivered 3,002 hot meals, and received 17,819,420 LBP along with numerous in-kind donations which included vegetables and other cooking ingredients from The Green Van, Mada Association and many other generous individuals.

While our team was handling cooking and packaging in the kitchens, distribution was done in collaboration with different partners including the Lebanese Food Bank and the Center for Civic Engagement in AUB.

Due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown and to ensure the safety of our team and volunteers, we will be transitioning into a new phase of our relief work. After discussions with the partners who are working on the ground directly with the affected families, we have decided to put the production of hot meals on hold and provide mouneh parcels instead to displaced citizens who are able to cook in their kitchens or in temporary shelters.

Committed to contributing to the revival of the local economy and maintaining food security, we will ensure the donations we receive are used to procure the content of the mouneh parcels from small local farmers and producers, local SMEs and coops in rural areas.

Although “thank you” doesn’t encapsulate the extent of our gratitude, we would like to acknowledge and express our appreciation to the following beautiful souls that have helped us stay cooking and aid those in need during this crisis:

Food Heritatge Foundation, Environment and Sustainable Development Unit in AUB, Lebanese League for Women in Business , Lebanese Food Bank, Khayrat Bekaana Coop, Zico House, Le Passport Culinaire, Akleh Community Kitchen

ESDU Volunteers
Afif Wehbe, Angy Keirouz, Camille Cesbron, Cynthia Kreidy, Danny Mansour, Gaelle Abboud, Ghida El Dirany, Haidar Sleiman, Hind Naim, Ingrid Abou Zeid, Juliette Amidi, Lamisse Khairallah, Lea Salameh, Mabelle Chedid, Marwa Soubra, Mohamed Dbeibo, Nadim Rawda, Nicolas Gholam, Patricia Kebbe, Petra Chedid, Rebecca Khoury, Sarah Karam, Yara Sleiman, Yasmina Olabi, Zuhair and Camilla Zeineddine

Community Volunteers
Chef Fares Naddaf, Chef Hassan Hamoud, Chef Jean Richa, Chef Joseph Khoury, Chef Khaled Succarieh, Chef Nawal Aoun, Chef Wael Harrouz

Afaf Rachkidi, Ahmad Al Khalidi, Alexandra Mikhael, Arsha Mazloum, Christelle Mattar, Corinne Eid, Dima Ghaddar, Hussein Al Khalidi, Jessica Bou Tanious, Joey Ragheb, Joumana El Khechen, Karim El Husseini, Layal Sasso, Mariane Abu Jawde, Marie-Lynn Issa, Marielou Kreidy, Marwa El Kechen, Maurice Riachy, Maya Sabbah, Michelle Daou, Mira El Hassan, Mirna Hobeika, Mona Tarboush, Nadim Hamade, Najla Haidar, Nesmat Hammoud, Nour El Hassan, Reem Fawaz, Reine Habchy, Rihab Younis, Rima Kahwaji, Roy Lteif, Sandra Abboud Daher, Sawsan Kassem, Stephanie Gabriel, Yara Hamad, Yara Hammoud, Yasmine El Hajj, Youmna Iskandarani, Zahi Turk, Zeinab Abbas

With love and gratitude,
FHF and ESDU team

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FHF Emergency Relief

The aftermath of the explosion that hit Beirut on August 4, 2020 has been devastating. More than 200 were killed, more than 6,000 were wounded and hundreds of thousands were rendered homeless[1].


Preparing hot meals for the victims of the Beirut Blast
from the Akleh kitchen in Zico House, Beirut

In response to this tragedy, the Food Heritage Foundation (FHF) in partnership with the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU) at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at AUB, the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) and Zico House launched emergency relief activities targeting the communities which are suffering the most from the tragedy by offering them daily hot meals under the framework of the Ardi Ardak Initiative. Le Passport Culinaire later joined the coalition by providing volunteer chefs and supporting our work through fundraising campaigns in Europe.

During this crisis, FHF is operating through its central kitchen – Akleh in Zico House, Beirut and the Khayrat Bekaana community kitchen in West Bekaa to respond to this emergency. Since Thursday August 6, 2020, FHF – with the support of its partners and its active network of volunteers – has been preparing an average of 270 hot meals per day and distributing them to affected individuals and families. Food preparation effort will increase to reach an average of 600 meals per day in the upcoming few days. With the generous cash donations, raw material is being purchased from FHF’s network of small-scale farmers and cooperatives who have been engaged in FHF and ESDU’s previous and ongoing capacity building projects hence benefiting both affected urban populations and the vulnerable rural communities.

Preparing hot meals for the victims of the Beirut Blast
with the Khayrat Bekaena COOP  in the El Khiara village, West Bekaa

By engaging its network of community kitchens, FHF can reach more than 1,000 meals per day, and can also involve more community kitchens from its network. In addition to the distribution of hot meals, which is considered a short-term response, FHF will soon start distributing mouneh boxes ensuring families’ access to food in the long run and further promoting livelihoods of producers and cooperatives who are providing these products.

Distribution is being conducted either one-on-one, reaching out directly to affected individuals with the support of the volunteers or by collaborating with other organizations including the Center of Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) at AUB and the Lebanese Food Bank (LFB).

Volunteers and ESDU team member volunteers cooking together
for the victims of the Beirut Blast in Zico House, Beirut

FHF’s efforts have been sustained through the kindness and generosity of concerned citizens and professionals who have volunteered their time to feed the most vulnerable victims of the Beirut blast. Until now, we have had 40 volunteers, among them chefs, assistant chefs and kitchen support and delivery volunteers. We have also had 28 ESDU and FHF team member volunteers help with organization, kitchen support and delivery.

Given the rapid deteriorating conditions in Lebanon and the long-term  traumatizing affects the explosion will have on the Lebanese population, this initiative will be integral for providing hunger relief to vulnerable communities that are suffering during these dire times and supporting rural and small-scale producers. Our hope is that FHF’s work contributes to the larger collaborative challenge to once again raise Beirut from the ashes of destruction.

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Food for Beirut

In response to the catastrophic explosion on August 4, 2020 which decimated Beirut and shook the world, the Food Heritage Foundation team has set up “Food for Beirut,” a hunger relief effort in the framework of Ardi Ardak initiative to feed the city’s most vulnerable victims of the tragedy.

Food Heritage Foundation is cooking and distributing meals on a daily basis from our community kitchens Akleh in Zico House and from the kitchen of Khayrat Bekaena Coop in Khiara village in West Bekaa. For the last week we’ve been delivering up to 300 meals on a daily basis to families in need and we expect to grow our output.

To sustain our work, we rely on the help of our community. We have been receiving overwhelming support from volunteers and chefs. If you would like to volunteer your time, you can contribute with cash and in-kind donations – offering your time to help us cook, package and distribute food.

To volunteer please contact: +961 70 156 866

Donations Hotline: +961 3 234 008

Bank Transfer Details

Name of Bank: Byblos Bank

Account Name: Food Heritage Foundation

Local Transfers in LBP: IBAN LB36 0039 0000 0003 3532 2531 7001

Local Transfers in USD: IBAN LB36 0039 0000 0003 3532 2531 7003

International Transfers in USD: IBAN LB68 0039 0000 0003 3532 2531 7007

International Transfers in EUR: IBAN LB41 0039 0000 0003 3532 2531 7008

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