There are some families who are barely surviving, due to the lack of food available. With prices skyrocketing, children are not able to feed themselves and have been found scrounging for bits of grass that might grow on the parched land. For these families, waiting for a garden to grow or a herd (flock, etc.) to mature is just impossible. For them, there is a short-term program where they receive emergency relief in the form of porridge. This is purchased in-country as much as possible and is distributed in 50lb bags. Guardians have reported that children are able to return to school shortly after starting to consume the porridge, as it is fortified and filling.
Gardens have a chance to grow when the kids and guardians are strong enough to plant and harvest. When the first harvest takes place, the porridge distribution starts tapering off until the children and guardians are only consuming vegetables and eggs or vegetables and milk, depending on which animals they are raising. In most cases, these families are able to trade some vegetables for corn meal, a traditional food, complementing their meals.