The World Food Program (WFP) announced that as of June, 200,000 Palestinians will no longer be able to receive food aid due to ‘serious financial difficulties’.
In a written statement made by the United Nations (UN) affiliated WFP, it was stated that as of June, 200,000 people, 60 percent of whom the agency helped in Palestine, will no longer receive food aid due to serious financial difficulties. It was stated that WFP would be forced to suspend its activities in the West Bank and Gaza altogether if funding is not received by August. It was stated that WFP had to reduce the value of its cash assistance by nearly 20 percent to US$ 10.3 per capita due to financial difficulties this month, and it ‘urgently’ needs US$ 51 million to continue its food and cash assistance in Palestine until the end of the year.
“WFP AID CAUSES HALF OF FOOD EXPENDITURES”
“Vulnerable families in Gaza and the West Bank, growing insecurity, worsening economy and the combined effects of the cost of living increasing food insecurity. Due to the sharp increase in food prices and constant instability, even the most basic needs have become unmet and 1.84 million Palestinians, who make up 35 percent of the population, are deprived of food security. The situation is particularly dire in Gaza, where the unemployment rate has reached 45.3 percent and two out of three people have trouble getting bread to their home,” it said. and WFP’s network of 300 local shops contracted across Palestine.
“NEEDS ARE INCREASING AND RESOURCES CANNOT MEET THESE NEEDS”
“Desperate times call for desperate measures. We have no choice but to push the limited resources we have to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable families are met. Without food aid, they will starve. These are tough choices, but we have already exhausted all options to stretch our funds.” “We are grateful for the continued support we have received from donors over the years, but needs are increasing and resources are not meeting them.”