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Apr 21, 2012

USAID Donates US$22.6M to WFP Food Aid Efforts in the West Bank and Gaza

On 21 April 2012 the United Nations World Food Programme issued a press release announcing that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) had made a new contribution of US$22.6 million to provide food aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. This consisted of $15 million in food aid and $7.6 million in cash.  This amount is part of the more than US$3.5 billion in economic assistance that USAID has provided to  Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza since 1994.

The WFP will utilize this latest donation to purchase chickpeas, fortified wheat flour, vitamin enriched vegetable oil, iodized salt and sugar.  According to the WFP, in 2012 approximately 1 in 5 households in Gaza Strip and the West Bank receives food aid.  The WFP provides food aid to an estimated 700,000 non-refugees in this area.  This includes both emergency food distribution, as well as cash vouchers that can be redeemed for local produce in local shops.

For more see:

"USAID Announces New Contribution To WFP's Food Assistance Projects For Palestinians," WFP Press Release, 21 April 2012.

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