What WFP Delivers: General Food Distribution
When the most vulnerable people don’t have enough food to meet their basic needs, what does the World Food Programme (WFP) do?
The answer is surprisingly complex. But on the most basic level, you can find the answer embedded within the organization’s acronym: “We Feed People.”
Ever since the agency’s founding, the distribution of food has been a cornerstone of WFP’s mission. While the circumstances may vary—a natural disaster hits, farmers run out of food before their next harvest, conflict displaces people from their homes–WFP’s assistance aims to fill the gap when people find themselves cut off from their normal sources of sustenance and nutrition.
WFP’s food assistance includes basic staples like grain and beans shipped from the U.S. to prevent malnutrition and meet basic caloric needs. There are usually two ways food is distributed: Food is either provided to everyone in a geographic area or camp (known as blanket distribution) or provided to specific individuals or groups considered particularly vulnerable (targeted distribution).
When disaster strikes, conflict erupts or famine looms the world turns to WFP to provide lifesaving aid. And YOU can make a lifesaving difference.