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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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School Meals
28 September 2016

Back To School And Second Year Of WFP For Lebanese And Syrian Students

BEIRUT – As the new term begins, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is again providing healthy and nutritious school food for more than 10,000 Lebanese and Syrian students attending public schools across Lebanon.

Responding to Emergencies
26 September 2016

WFP Reaches Four Besieged Syrian Towns For First Time Since April

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday delivered life-saving food assistance to besieged families in the Four Towns of Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Rural Idlib as part of a joint interagency convoy with UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

Statement
20 September 2016

WFP Head Ertharin Cousin Deplores Attack On Humanitarian Convoy In Syria

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

Statement
8 September 2016

European Union Funds Assistance Through WFP To Assist One Million Refugees In Turkey

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, in response to the European Union’s announcement of the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN).

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. 

RBA
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. 

RBA
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.

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