The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is encouraging Canadians to take advantage of a federal government program that doubles their contribution to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.
Ottawa will match every dollar donated by individuals to registered Canadian charities in response to the conflict in Syria up to a total of $100 million.
“We welcome the extension of the government matching program for Syria,” said Jim Cornelius, the Foodgrains Bank’s executive director.
“While we are encouraged by the generosity of so many Canadians and congregations who are helping to sponsor Syrian refugees to come to Canada, it is also vital that Canadians continue to remember and support the millions of displaced Syrians still living in the region who need our assistance.
“Finding resources to support displaced families inside Syria and those who have fled to surrounding countries is more urgent that ever.”
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Since 2012, the Foodgrains Bank has provided more than $30 million of assistance to Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan, as well as people inside Syria.
The emergency relief fund helps meet basic humanitarian needs of people affected by the conflict in Syria, including shelter, food, health care, and water. It will also provide protection and education for conflict-affected people in Syria and millions of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.