The Fund has been created to finance the World Food Programme (WFP)’s humanitarian relief operations during disasters and emergencies. The Fund provides an efficient, flexible solution for investors to expedite their charitable gifts to immediately address lifesaving logistics and food needs at the onset of a disaster or emergency.

Charitable giving to the Fund is simple, flexible and cost-effective. Investors retain the ability to recommend grants from the Fund and can work with the WFP USA team to determine and facilitate any allocations. Investors can commit at any time during the year, and will receive customized benefits tailored to their needs. During these emergencies, investors will receive updates on the recovery and resilience-building progress.

For more information about the Emergency Response Fund, please contact Laura Starr at

Fighting Famine

Famine looms over Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. 20 million people face the risk of starvation.

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How WFP Responds to Emergencies and Needs for the Fund

  • As soon as local Government requests assistance, WFP’s emergency response mechanisms are activated.
  • WFP Emergency Assessment Teams are sent in to estimate the food needs of the beneficiaries and develops a plan of action and budget.
  • As the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster, WFP heads the joint effort of humanitarian organizations who work together to ensure an efficient and effective logistics response following a disaster. 
  • Following initial food distributions, our staff begins to plan for recovery and rebuilding efforts so that families can regain stability, recover their livelihoods, build their community’s resilience, and provide for themselves once more.  
  • For every emergency, WFP appeals to the global community for funds, and food and logistical aid. WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions to finance its operations, with donations made in cash, food or services. Our donors plays a huge role in this capacity.
  • When the food reaches designated distribution sites, WFP teams up with governments and non-governmental organizations to deliver food to those that need it most.

The Following Have Stepped Up To Make An Enormous Impact To The Fund

Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Sealed Air

Since 2014 These Companies Have Generously Supported WFP's Emergency Response Efforts

Archer Daniels Midland
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Bunge LAC
C&S Wholesale Grocers
Cisco Foundation
Design Resources, Inc.
Eliassen Group
Emma Jane Designs
Foundation M
General Motors Foundation
IDEXX Laboratories
Kellogg Company
Lam Research Corporation
Lifeway Foods
M. Klein and Company
Monsanto Company
PepsiCo Foundation
Sealed Air
The Hershey Company
UBS Americas
Varian Medical Systems
Willy Street Co-Op
YUM! Brands Foundation

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Emergency Response Case for Support: A Lifeline On the Front Lines

WFP is among the first humanitarian organizations on the ground to help hungry families in crisis. In conflict zones like Syria, Iraq and Yemen to regions of the world impacted by natural disaster, WFP works closely with national governments, the private sector and civil society partners to deliver life-saving food assistance when it matters most.

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Emergency Response Fund Brochure

Around the world, when disaster strikes, WFP is there for families and communities in need.

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