More than three million people in Zimbabwe need food aid

"This is very serious. People need food now"
CARE is calling on the international community to respond immediately to World Food Programme's (WFP) appeal for food for Zimbabwe. More than 2.9 million people in Zimbabwe are in desperate need of food, and as food stocks begin to run out, people will not be able to feed themselves without help.

"The food situation here is really getting grave," said Barbara Shenstone, CARE's Country Director in Zimbabwe. "There just isn't food in the rural areas. People are clamouring for food everywhere. Schools are asking for help for hungry children. Many of the most vulnerable are eating less than one meal a day. There is a lot of suffering already. This is very serious. People need food now."

The country is bracing for January when food stocks begin to run out. January to March are normally the leanest months for rural Zimbabweans as they wait for the next harvest, but this year, a prolonged drought and skyrocketing food prices mean hundreds of thousands of people will not have enough food. WFP has appealed for funds to bring in 300,000 MT of food to Zimbabwe; so far, just 180,000 has been pledged. This food is needed to supplement any supplies the Government of Zimbabwe is able to import in the next few weeks.

Working in partnership with the WFP, CARE is delivering food to nearly 700,000 people in the coming months. CARE began distributing food for WFP in October.

For interviews with Barbara Shenstone, Country Director of CARE Zimbabwe, please call Jessica Walker on 02 6279 0250 or 0419 567 777.

About CARE: CARE is one of the world's leading humanitarian organisations fighting global poverty. In more than 70 developing countries, CARE helps poor communities create lasting solutions to their most threatening problems. CARE's integrated projects include emergency relief, preparedness and mitigation, community rehabilitation and longer-term projects in areas such as education, HIV/AIDS, health and small-business development.