Food blessed

Lebanon is synonymous with delicious cuisine and the thought of sampling Kofta, Fatteh, hummus, flatbreads and fresh and fragrant Tabbouleh salads, accompanied by mint tea, is one of the pulls of the country. However, Lebanon has an ever-increasing percentage of its population living under the poverty line (on just $4/day). 10% of these are living under extreme poverty conditions. Lebanon is safe haven to the highest percentage of Syrian refugees in comparison with other hosting countries (1 in every 5 Lebanese residents is Syrian).

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Serving meals at centre for refugees, Food Blessed, Lebanon

FoodBlessed are a small but well established, local charity, focusing on increasing food security, which encompasses not only access to food, but access to good nutrition. As well as rescuing people from going hungry, FoodBlessed are rescuing fruit and vegetables from going to waste by partnering with local retailers and encouraging them to donate their surplus produce to their food truck instead of throwing it away.  

Having intercepted unwanted food from various shops, restaurants, catering agencies etc, they transform it into wholesome free meals for those in need which are served by their team of volunteers at soup kitchens across Beirut.

They are proud of their services and have invited us as a group to learn about their work, to see how they help those in need of additional food, as well as helping us to learn about better use of food that might otherwise go to waste.  

Depending on the groups wishes, there may be an opportunity to provide some hands on help for a couple of hours with the charity, packaging food parcels, or serving lunches to refugee children.

The visit is entirely optional, but offers a unique opportunity to understand more about the obstacles that face some individuals and communities in Lebanon. It is also a chance for us to reflect on what we can offer, be it a greater level of understanding, empathy and compassion, informing others of the realities that face some people locally, or making a donation of time or money to the FoodBlessed cause.

Related Adventures


To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.

All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.

Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.

Grade 1-3: Entry Level

You need to be in good physical health to enjoy your active holiday, but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker. These itineraries offer a mix of sightseeing and easier walking for around 2-4hrs a day, with the emphasis on sights and cultural experiences. 

Walks will be well marked or on defined pathways, and often around sites of interest. The expected amount of descent/ascent will depend on the landscapes of the destination, but will not exceed 400m/day, and will often be much less. Walks are at low altitude (below 3000m). 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack with water and essentials. Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have a pair of comfortable and worn in walking shoes/boots.

Grades 4-6: Intermediate

You need to have a good level of fitness and be a regular walker for these adventures, with ideally some trekking experience. You can expect to be walking for 3-6 hours per day, not including rest stops, normally on good trail paths but with some uneven surfaces at times. 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack. You may be walking in more challenging temperatures. You will generally be walking at low altitude (below 3000m) but may walk at altitudes up to 4000m. The amount of ascent could be up to 800m in a day but will frequently be less. You may walk on consecutive days.

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable clothing for this adventure.

Grades 7-9: Challenging

You need to have a good level of fitness with previous experience of trekking. Extra training before your trip will ensure that you get the most out of your adventure. Areas will be remote and terrain uneven. 

Expect to walk for 5 – 8 hours a day, not including breaks, with some very steep ascents and descents. You will be walking at altitude (over 3000m but not higher than 5000m).

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable equipment/clothing for this adventure (see the packing list for your adventure).

Please check individual itineraries for details of what you will need to be carrying with you.

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