The Food for Peace program of the United States is coming to the aid of starving Syrians. Around US $ 185 million in funding is being donated by Food for Peace to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP is the lead agency in fighting hunger in Syria.
The donation will feed Syrian refugees in Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt. Part of the funds will be used to feed Syrians still trapped inside their war-torn homeland. WFP is feeding around 4 million people inside Syria and another 2.5 million refugees in neighboring countries. It's one of the largest humanitarian missions of our generation.
Food for Peace, run by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), makes donations to fight hunger in developing countries. The program was originally started 60 years ago this summer by President Dwight Eisenhower. Today, Food for Peace is the single largest donor to WFP.
Ertharin Cousin, WFP’s Executive Director, said today, "Now, more than ever, these funds are required to help the World Food Programme respond to a crisis that continues to devastate millions of lives and seems without end. We applaud USAID for its steadfast commitment to ensuring that victims of this terrible conflict receive the essential food assistance they need.”
WFP, which relies on voluntary donations, is in desperate need of funds. Around US $ 35 million a week is needed to feed Syrian war victims. The UN food agency is also feeding the hungry in other conflict zones including South Sudan, Somalia and Central African Republic. These are countries near or on the brink of famine.
Food for Peace donations are critical for fighting malnutrition that develops among children in conflict zones. For example, Food for Peace donations have provided Nutributter and other foods that prevent children from becoming malnourished. It's a race against time. If a child becomes malnourished, they can suffer lasting physical and mental damage, or even death.
The job of Food for Peace is the saving of human life. In Syria, the threat of hunger is widespread among a population already living in the terror of a war zone.