News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
5 August 2016

Cranes Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians Stranded At Jordanian Border Areas

AMMAN – Syrians stranded at the border with Jordan received this week much-needed food and other supplies in a unique operation that saw the aid hoisted by crane across the closed frontier.

Responding to Emergencies
4 August 2016

UN Agencies Deliver Urgent Relief To People Stranded At Syria-Jordan Border

AMMAN – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items. 

29 July 2016

Protracted Conflicts Causing Alarming Spikes In Severe Hunger

Briefs for UN Security Council highlight how millions of people remain trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and hunger

Responding to Emergencies
10 July 2016

WFP Airlifts Bring Humanitarian Lifeline To Families In Northeast Syria

DAMASCUS – The first UN World Food Programme (WFP) flight carrying food to families cut off from humanitarian supplies in Al Hassakeh Governorate landed Saturday night in Qamishly airport. 

27 June 2016

Syrian Farmers In Tartous Revive Tomato Harvest With Support From WFP And FAO

DAMASCUS – Syrian farmers in the country’s western coastal governorate of Tartous, formerly among the world’s top producers of tomatoes, have started their first tomato harvest of the year with support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

20 June 2016

ShareTheMeal Launches New Goal Following Overwhelming Ramadan Support

ROME – The World Food Programme’s (WFP) ShareTheMeal app reached its goal of providing food for a full year to 1,400 Syrian refugee children in Beirut, Lebanon, in just seven weeks. This was possible in large part because of overwhelming support from 20,000 users who gave at the start of Ramadan through the app’s new Arabic language version.

10 June 2016

WFP Food Reaches Families In The Besieged Town Of Darayya

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.

Responding to Emergencies
3 June 2016

WFP Plan To Provide Humanitarian Aid Deliveries By Air In Syria

In response to the request of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) WFP has developed a plan to provide humanitarian aid deliveries by air to besieged areas inside Syria. The plan considers the various modes of delivery that would be possible to the 19 besieged areas identified by the UN.

26 May 2016

WFP Launches Arabic Version Of Award -Winning ShareTheMeal App To Feed Syrian Refugee Children During Ramadan

ROME – Smartphone users in the Arabic-speaking world can help feed Syrian refugee children in Lebanon with just a tap on their mobile phones through the innovative ShareTheMeal application, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

25 May 2016

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry Visits Syrian Refugees In Beirut

BEIRUT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry visited Syrian refugees in Beirut ahead of the holy month of Ramadan to highlight WFP’s award-winning mobile phone application ShareTheMeal, which provides an easy means for smartphone users to help feed Syrian refugee children in Lebanon with just a tap on their phones.


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