Goodwill Ambassador

In 2021, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye became a U.N. World Food Programme Goodwill Ambassador. Since then, he has helped send millions of meals to people on the brink of famine in Gaza and Ethiopia. Join The Weeknd by donating to the XO Humanitarian Fund today.

In partnership with the U.N. World Food Programme, Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye launched the XO Humanitarian Fund to support the hungriest people around the world. To date, Tesfaye, his partners and fans have raised $6.5 million for the Fund. Tesfaye has directed $4.5 million toward WFP’s emergency response in Gaza and $2 million to support WFP’s emergency food assistance for women and children in Ethiopia.


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The Weeknd’s Impact

Apr 29, 2024

The Weeknd Directs $2 Million to WFP’s Response in Gaza

The Weeknd is allocating another $2 million from his XO Humanitarian Fund toward WFP’s humanitarian response efforts in Gaza. This support will provide over 1,500 metric tons of fortified wheat flour, which can make over 18 million loaves of bread that can help feed more than 157,000 Palestinians for one month. 

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Dec 1, 2023

The Weeknd Directs 4 Million Meals to Emergency Relief Efforts in Gaza

The Weeknd is allocating $2.5 million from his XO Humanitarian Fund toward WFP’s response efforts in Gaza. This donation, which equates to four million emergency meals, could feed more than 173,000 Palestinians for two weeks.

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Nov 28, 2022

The Weeknd Raises $5M Through the XO Humanitarian Fund

The Weeknd and WFP announce that $5 million has been raised through the XO Humanitarian Fund. The funds will bolster WFP’s efforts to fight global hunger, with the first allotment going towards operations in Ethiopia.

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July 14, 2022

The Weeknd Kicks Off World Tour with Special Fundraiser

The Weeknd announces that $1 from every ticket sale of his North American After Hours Til Dawn Stadium Tour will be donated to the XO Humanitarian Fund.

Mar 3, 2022

The Weeknd Launches XO Humanitarian Fund

The Weeknd launches the XO Humanitarian Fund, with an initial donation of $500,000, to help stave off hunger and famine around the world.

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Oct 7, 2021

The Weeknd Becomes a Goodwill Ambassador for WFP

World Food Program USA announces The Weeknd as the newest U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for WFP.

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Apr 5, 2021

The Weeknd Donates $1 Million to Ethiopia

The Weeknd donates $1 million in support of hunger relief efforts in Ethiopia. The significant donation, which equates to 2 million meals, will provide lifesaving food to those affected by conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray Region.

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Aug 24, 2020

The Weeknd Joins Other Artists to Raise Funds for Lebanon

The Weeknd joined the #GlobalAidForLebanon campaign, raising funds for the victims of the Beirut explosion and bringing in more than $1.2 million.

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What is the U.N. World Food PRogramme?

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s leading humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from crises.