U.S. Offers $1M in Food Aid

Author  Edited from CMC

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in response to growing needs in Haiti, is providing $1 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to support ongoing humanitarian operations.

This funding will pay for the WFP to provide air, sea, and road transport to help move emergency assistance to vulnerable Haitians amidst considerable insecurity and difficult access. It will also finance the storage of humanitarian supplies, as well as information-management and coordination support to keep the WFP’s operations efficient and effective.

USAID is also working with the WFP to distribute an additional 2,200 metric tones of food, which is earmarked to reach approximately 100,000 people and arrive in the coming weeks.

RESPONSE

The food is in response to the emergency food needs in the country, as announced last month. To date, the WFP, has distributed approximately 749 metric tons to highly food insecure Haitian households.

USAID, has also invested $20 million in outgoing emergency food assistance programs throughout Haiti to support the most-vulnerable households with cash transfers and food vouchers, along with activities to strengthen livelihoods and promote key health nutrition practices.

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