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American food aid to Palestinian people continues
Beit Fajar, West Bank – On April 7, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged $30 million to continue American food assistance to the Palestinian people in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This new contribution will enable WFP to expand its current caseload by 25% to meet increasing food needs in the West Bank and Gaza.
Since 2001, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has partnered with WFP to provide nutritional assistance to Palestinians. In the past five years, USAID has provided $40 million in essential food supplies to hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged Palestinians, particularly women, children, and the unemployed.
The latest shipment of food supplies, which arrived on May 19, brought 536 metric tons of wheat flour to be handed out in WFP distribution centers throughout the West Bank and Gaza. A second delivery is due to arrive at the port of Ashdod during the second week of June.
On June 8, USAID is commemorating its partnership with WFP at the Beit Fajar community center with participants in one of WFP’s Food-for-Training workshops. Through these workshops, participants receive training in important areas such as nutrition, hygiene and healthcare in return for food parcels. U.S. Consul General Jacob Walles and USAID Mission Director James Bever will be present to meet the participants and recognize USAID’s continuing cooperation with WFP.
Since 1993, USAID has provided Palestinians with more than $1.7 billion in economic assistance.