Bread prices in Lebanon soared another 11% due to the worsening crisis, setting a monthly ration of family bread at 44% of the minimum monthly wage.
A bag of flatbread costs 5 000 Lebanese Pounds in supermarkets, over three times as much as last year, according to Save the Children.1
This is a knock-on effect of fuel prices soaring and the economy collapsing, the organization added.
"The triple impact of extensive power cuts, high fuel prices, and expensive food are pushing more people from all backgrounds into dangerous territory," Save the Children said.
"Lebanon's poorest families likely need at least two bags of bread a day amid their inability to afford nutritious food such as rice, lentils, and eggs. This means the monthly cost of bread consumption (around 300 000 pounds) is around 44% of the monthly minimum wage, which is 675 000 pounds."
"No family can go without bread in Lebanon. If bread will fall out of reach – which is already happening in some cases – there is no plan B besides hunger," said Jennifer Moorehead, Save the Children's Country Director in Lebanon.
"Children are telling us they are going to bed hungry, and parents report having to skip meals entirely. Thousands of families are now relying on bread-based meals, and will now feel this is going to be taken away from them. The situation for children, especially young ones, is increasingly desperate."
1 LEBANON: MONTHS' WORTH OF BREAD COSTS 44% OF MINIMUM WAGE, AS FAMILIES CUT BACK ON BASIC FOOD – Save the Children
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