World Food Program USA

World Food Program USA (WFP USA) is a nonprofit organization that builds support in the United States to end global hunger. WFP USA engages individuals and organizations, shapes public policy and generates resources for the United Nations World Food Program.
Feb 6, 2014

WFP Making Communities Self Sufficient

WFP’s ultimate goal is to help communities move from food assistance to self-sufficiency

Through programs like Food For Assets, WFP provides food in exchange for work on vital infrastructure projects
like water reservoirs and irrigation systems that build resilience against future food shortages.

Take, for example, Halwo lives in Somalia. In 2011, Halwo and her neighbors were devastated by a drought that forced them to trek nearly 6 miles every day to fetch water. It was not uncommon for women to be attacked on the long journey alone. But by supporting Halwo‘s community with food aid in exchange for work on a new water reservoir, WFP and a local partner called Alliance Organization Aid have enhanced the community’s resilience against future droughts. Today, the water reservoir, known as the Dawaacale pan, provides enough water for 3,000 people and their livestock. In fact, plans are already underway to expand the reservoir’s capacity so it can serve an even greater number and help the community become self-sufficient. “It is really a blessing for us,” Halwo says.

Because half of the world’s hungry people are small-scale farmers, WFP is also leveraging its power as one of the world’s major food buyers by purchasing from local farmers whenever possible. The program— called Purchase for Progress— offers small-scale farmers a reliable buyer and a fair price for their crops, as well as technical assistance and support. Since the program’s inception in 2008, WFP has contracted $145 million worth of food from small-scale farmers. By raising farmers’ incomes and expanding local markets, Purchase for Progress drives agricultural growth in 20 of the world’s poorest countries and empowers communities in the fight against chronic hunger.

More than 90% of WFP’s 13,500 employees are based in the field, where they coordinate relief efforts, monitor progress and help communities achieve self-sufficiency


Feb 5, 2014

Food Relief for Syrians: WFP's Most Complex Crisis

THE SYRIA RESPONSE is WFP’s largest and most complex emergency worldwide. In the past two years, ongoing
violence there has forced nearly 5 million people to flee their homes, creating a growing humanitarian crisis. But WFP has been on the ground since the crisis began.

Last month alone, WFP dispatched enough food to feed more than 3.4 million people affected by the violence, including eight communities in rural Homs and Deraa that had been previously inaccessible. In addition to staples like wheat flour, bulgur, lentils and canned goods, WFP also distributes specialized nutrition products—known as Plumpy’doz and Nutributter— to nearly 100,000 young children in Syria each month. In Jordan, more than 400,000 portions of flat bread are distributed daily in the Zaatari refugee camp. 

Where food is available but unaffordable, WFP has so  far provided more than $100 million in vouchers to refugees in Lebanon and Jordan that can be redeemed in markets, which in turn boosts the local economies. In Lebanon, WFP is currently rolling out an innovative electronic voucher system— made possible with technical support from MasterCard— that is expected to reach up to 800,000 people by the end of the year. By moving from paper vouchers to e-vouchers, WFP can reach more people more effectively.

At any given moment, there are approximately 5,000 trucks, 50 planes and 30 ships delivering WFP food assistance across the planet.


Feb 5, 2014

WFP's School Meals gives families in developing countries a reason to put kids in the classroom

WFP's School Meals

WFP’s School Meals Program encourages  education by giving families in developing countries incentive to put their children—especially girls—in the classroom instead of the workforce.

This year, more than 24 million children in 60 countries received daily meals and take-home rations through WFP’s School Meals Program. WFP also works locally with small-scale farmers to source these lunches, which create stable partnerships that strengthen local markets and self-sustainability.

In July, WFP expanded its Home-Grown School Meals Program in Kenya by introducing a four-wheel-drive vehicle and 60 motorbikes to improve the transportation of food. By bolstering accessibility and efficiency, WFP is also improving Kenya’s capacity to implement its own national program. This year nearly 50,000 children “graduated” from receiving WFP school meals to those provided by national programs. In 2013, El Salvador became the 38th country to take over WFP’s School Meals Program.

IN OCTOBER, WFP USA WELCOMED OLYMPIC RUNNER AND SCHOOL MEALS ALUMNUS PAUL TERGAT, who has traveled the world since 2004 as a WFP Hunger Ambassador. Tergat met with legislators on Capitol Hill, as well as local high school and college students, to talk about how the School Meals Program changed his life.


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