Israel this week eased its ban on Gaza goods to allow the United Nations World Food Program to truck to the West Bank 1.2 million energy date bars produced in a Gaza factory.
It’s the second time this year it has allowed Gaza date bars to be sent to the West Bank. The date bars will help feed 75,000 Palestinian school children spread across 300 West Bank schools.
WFP spokeswoman Anna Trolle-Lindgren said that many of the children do not eat breakfast before coming to school. The bars are fortified with iron and protein to combat anemia and to help them concentrate in class, she said.
In past year the date bars were exported from Egypt or Turkey. This year the WFP contracted a local Gaza factory to produce the bars. The WFP purchase makes up 50 % of the factory’s production.