WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions to finance its humanitarian and development projects.
Donations are made in three ways:
- food such as flour, beans, oil, salt and sugar
- items necessary to grow, store and cook food - kitchen utensils, agricultural tools, warehouses.
Since WFP has no independent source of funds, all donations either in cash or in-kind must be accompanied by the cash needed to move, manage and monitor WFP food assistance.
WFP's funding comes from:
Governments are the principal source of funding for WFP; the organisation receives no dues or portions of the UN assessed contributions. On average, over 60 governments underwrite the humanitarian and development projects of WFP. All government support is on an entirely voluntary basis.
Through corporate-giving programmes, individual companies can make a vital contribution to fighting hunger. Corporate donations of cash, product or services can help free up scarce resources to help WFP feed more hungry people. In turn, corporations engage their employees, customers and other stakeholders in a vital, life-saving mission.
Recent donations from private and not-for-profit entities have included frontline support to several emergency operations; expertise to enhance WFP's logistics and fundraising capacities; and critical cash for school feeding. Learn more
Individuals can make a difference in the lives of the hungry. A personal donation can provide:
- Special food for hungry children in nurseries.
- Food incentives to encourage poor families to send their girls to school.
- Food as payment for people to rebuild schools, roads and other infrastructure in the wake of conflicts and natural disasters.
Individuals can also support WFP's work in other ways. Learn more
Individuals can manage their account here.
WFP Innovations Fund
In 2008, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia gave the World Food Programme a contribution of US$500 million. Further to our correspondence with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we have fully allocated the
US$500 million generously donated to WFP in 2008.
As discussed with H.E. Fahad Balghunaim, Minister of Agriculture, during Ms. Josette Sheeran’s, WFP Executive Director, visit to Riyadh in November 2008, an allocation of US$76 million was devoted to establish an Innovations Fund with the potential to transform hunger solutions around the globe and invest in building resiliency through sustainable solutions to mitigate the effects of another crisis. The Innovations Fund aims to improve responsiveness, build sustainable markets for small-holder farmers, enhance our programmatic toolkit and mitigate the continued consequence of price volatility.
As of 14 March 2011, approximately US$36 million remains in this Innovations Fund.