Statement from World Food Program USA on Hurricane Beryl

Photo: AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan
Published July 3, 2024

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Beryl’s destruction. In these emergencies, every minute counts. WFP remains steadfast in its commitment to provide aid. WFP teams are on the ground supporting national responses in hurricane-hit islands. We are supporting St. Vincent and the Grenadines with logistics, telecommunications and needs assessments, as well as food to complement the government’s response. We also have a team in Grenada and are working to prepare for potential impacts in Jamaica. WFP will also activate its support through the Caribbean Regional Logistics Hub to deliver non-food relief items. We are working to mobilize food for 15,000 people for two weeks and distributing 5,000 cash-based transfer cards to support residents where markets are still functional. WFP’s Caribbean office covers 22 countries and territories across the Caribbean.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, World Food Program USA is fundraising in support of the United Nations World Food Programme’s active emergency response efforts across the Caribbean. To support our relief efforts, please donate here.

As the UN’s foremost logistics expert, WFP oversees an international network of humanitarian support hubs that facilitate rapid responses to natural catastrophes like Hurricane Beryl – including through essential food, shelter and other supplies to hard-hit communities. We also team up with our government and humanitarian partners to help communities recover from and prepare for extreme weather events – which risk intensifying with the climate crisis. WFP works with national governments and regional bodies – such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) – to strengthen disaster management, social protection and food systems. These investments place the most vulnerable people at the forefront of efforts to strengthen climate resilience at the national and community levels.

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Media Contact:  
Toula Athas
Director, Communications
World Food Program USA