JERUSALEM – After a journey of 21 days, a ship carrying wheat grain from the United States of America delivered its cargo for WFP’s food assistance operations in Gaza and the West Bank.
The ship named ‘Capt. Steven L. Bennett' carries close to 10,000 metric tons of wheat grain. The grain will be offloaded and transported to the West Bank and Gaza, where it will be milled in local Palestinian milling factories, supporting the local economy. After the milling process, the flour will be bagged and distributed to food insecure Palestinians as part of WFP’s in-kind food distributions.
“WFP would like to thank the United States government for this generous donation. The contribution comes at a time when needs are high and WFP is facing shortfalls,” said Rossella Fanelli, WFP’s head of External Relations.
The wheat will feed 85,000 people in Gaza for three months, while 73,000 people in the West Bank will receive wheat flour for more than five months. In total, WFP provides food assistance to more than 600,000 Palestinians. A typical WFP food ration includes a 50 kg bag of fortified wheat flour, iodized salt, sugar, fortified vegetable oil and pulses. These food items cover the majority of daily caloric requirements and are in line with the eating habits of Palestinian families.
The wheat grain donation, worth more than USD 7.4 million, is part of a larger overall contribution by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to WFP’s operations in the West Bank and Gaza. Over the past three years, USAID has donated more than USD 55 million for WFP’s operations in Palestine.