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In the face of record food price inflation, skyrocketing fuel costs and widespread commodity shortages, some 9.6 million Sri Lankans, or two in five households are living under the poverty line which has soared to Rs. 13,318, and are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
Amidst a staggering 57.4 percent inflation rate, steeply increasing food prices have crippled the population’s ability to put sufficient and nutritious meals on the table, rendering two in five households without adequate diets.
More than 40% of Sri Lankans are self employed or are casual daily wage laborers. They are feeling the greatest difficulties during this crisis. As prices keep healthy meals out of reach, some 61 per cent of households are regularly using coping strategies to cut down on costs, such as reducing the amount they eat and consuming increasingly less nutritious meals.
Gammadda has launched Gammadda Smiles, a dry ration distribution initiative, in which the most needy families will be given a pack of food provisions to help them tide over these difficult times. This is intended to bolster existing food security safety nets and other social security nets in place. This initiative was launched to ensure that our communities do not go hungry.
While it is impossible to help everyone, Gammadda decided that it would do what it can, and is thankful to the kind hearts who time and time again spontaneously come forward in support of this cause.