U.S. Provides Wheat To Fill Urgent Food Gaps in Syria

May 13, 2013
Bread Baked in Aleppo Governorate, Syria

As part of our nearly $510 million in humanitarian aid to help those affected by the crisis in Syria, wheat recently provided by the United States will feed more than one million people in Syria for four months.

The 25,000 metric tons of wheat donated to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) will be milled into flour and distributed to vulnerable families across Syria’s 14 Governorates through WFP as part of a monthly food ration. In addition to the 25 kilogram bag of flour that is being provided in these monthly food kits, families receive vegetable oil, pasta, bulgur, canned pulses and sugar.

The United States remains the largest donor of food assistance to Syria through WFP, contributing nearly $125.5 million in emergency food assistance since the conflict began more than two years ago. This most recent wheat contribution -- worth more than $19 million -- will provide much-needed bread for families in areas of Syria where access to humanitarian aid has been most constrained by the conflict and where there are severe shortages of bread.

“We are very grateful for this timely contribution from the United States which will allow us to supplement our food rations with wheat flour especially in the areas where families are struggling to get their hands on bread, a staple part of their diet,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis.

WFP, with support from the United States, is working to reach 2.5 million people across Syria and approximately 300,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

About the Author: Rebecca Gustafson serves on the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Syria Response Management Team.

Editor's Note: The entry originally appeared on the USAID Impact Blog.  Visit USAID's website for more information about U.S. efforts in Syria. 

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Frederick B.
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May 15, 2013
I suggest that the distribution of these food kits be accompanied by cameras and journalists and to be broadcasted on all the national and private channels all over the world to be at least documented copying by that the Saudi example. This is the new methods of how to distribute the humanitarian aid in our days.
Bill B.
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United States
May 23, 2013
Excellent programs, supporting those in desperation. Also the relook at the displaced refugees and the plight Turkey has engaged to struggle with in feeding and managing the thousands. Relief from the US and EU/NATO greatly benefits the Turkish people in reducing the struggle on their government, but much more can be beneficial.

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