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.
Jun 6, 2014

WFP's achievements in 2013

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.

WFP's Key Achievements in 2013

  • 80.9 million people reached with food assistance in 75 countries
  • Undernutrition was reduced or stabilized for 7.2 million children under the age of 5
  • Levels of acute malnutrition stabilized or fell in 90 percent of projects
  • Household or community resilience was increased due to restoration or building of assets in 24 countries
  • National capacity food security, disaster preparedness, school feeding and nutrition was increased in 15 countries
  • The average lead time of 106 days to procure and move food to recipient countries was reduced by 71 percent


  • 67.9 million women
  • 4.2 million refugees
  • 8.9 million internally displaced people
  • .5 million returnees
  • 7.8 million children are receiving sepcialized nutritional support
  • 18.6 million children receiving school meals or take home rations
  • 15.1 million people receiving WFP food as an incentive to build assets
  • 7.9 million people receiving assistance in the form of cash and/or vouchers in programmes and countries making up14 percent of WFP’s work

3.1 million metric tons of food were distributed


Jun 6, 2014

How school meals are giving children a brighter future

In 2013, 127,500 Schools receiving WFP assistance.18.6 million children are receiving meals in school or take home rations. 49% of all schoolchildren receiving WFP assistance were girls. Here is one mother's story of how school meals gave her family a brighter future.

Ti Marie, which means “Little Marie “in Haitian Kreyol, is a 56-year-old mother of two who lives in an impoverished part of the Turgeau neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, where she is the sole caretaker for her children and grandchildren.

When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, Ti Marie lost her house and everything she owned. With no one else to rely on, she struggled to survive. Eventually, she made the painful decision to take her two children out of school and send them to work. Her daughter tried to make ends meet by cleaning the homes of wealthier families in the neighborhood, while her son polished shoes in front of a private school.

Ti Marie’s oldest grandchild was given to a wealthier family as a laborer, known in Haiti as a Restavek, which literally means "to stay with." Restaveks are often beaten, humiliated and forced to work exceedingly long hours. Haiti is home to one of the highest incidences of slavery in the world. After a day of housework, chidlren like Ti Marie's granddaughter usually spend the night sleeping on the floor. They are not allowed to play with other children in their placement family and the majority of them do not attend school.

Stories like Ti Marie’s are unfortunately all too common in Haiti. Vulnerable families, especially single women, often have to choose between their family’s livelihood and their children’s education. Working children also often face serious hardship and abuse, as well as missing out on school and a better future.

But last year, Ti Marie heard about a nearby government-sponsored school where students receive a free meal every day. She immediately went to meet the school's headmaster to make her case. Within days, her two children and grandchildren were enrolled in schools financed by the government’s Universal Free and Compulsory School Programme (PSUGO). These schools also benefit from the government’s National School Feeding Programme, which is supported by USDA McGovern-Dole program and implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

“My life has completely changed,” says Ti Marie.” I used to suffer from high blood pressure because I could not sleep at night worrying where my children would get their next meal.”

She now serves as a member of the school's nutrition committee. 

“Next I want to enroll in the literacy classes provided by the church so I will be able to fully perform my task as a member of the committee ... I am trying to explain to my friends that sending my children to a school, which provides one meal a day, is a great relief for me. The little money that my daughter and I would have scraped together by working is now invested in rebuilding my house."

— Alphonsine Bouya/ WFP Haïti


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


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