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Cash and Vouchers

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves.


Cash transfers provide money to people who are struggling to provide food for their families; vouchers can be redeemed for food items or “spent” in selected shops. They are used to tackle hunger in places where there is plenty of food in the marketplace but where poor people cannot afford to buy it.

Cash and vouchers can sometimes cut down the costs of transporting and storing food. They benefit the local economy, because beneficiaries spend the money in local markets. People often prefer cash and vouchers to traditional food assistance, because they offer more choice and variety.

WFP is using innovative ways to deliver the assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” delivered to mobile phones by text message.

Cash and Vouchers - Stories

In Kenya, WFP Introduces Electronic Cash Transfers For Refugees In Kakuma Camps
Web Story15 Sep 2015
A Little Food Card With A Big Impact
Web Story01 Sep 2015
Cash Transfers Help Ebola Survivors Make a Full Recovery
Web Story21 Jul 2015