XO Humanitarian Fund

Goodwill Ambassador Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye has launched the XO Humanitarian Fund to help feed millions of people on the brink of famine. Help The Weeknd send lifesaving food to the world’s hungriest people by donating today.

The Weeknd presents $5 million to World Food Program USA President and CEO Barron Segar.
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The Weeknd & Partners Raise $5 Million to Fight Global Hunger

Since the launch of the XO Humanitarian Fund in March 2022, WFP and its Goodwill Ambassador The Weeknd have raised $5 million. These funds will provide food and support to millions of people experiencing severe hunger across the globe. The first allotment will go towards emergency food and nutrition programs in northern Ethiopia.


Violent conflict in northern Ethiopia and a drought crisis in country’s southern regions have driven millions of families into devastating levels of severe hunger. An estimated 18% of the entire country (roughly 20 million people) face acute hunger. At a time when rising needs could soon outstrip resources, the first tranche from the XO Humanitarian Fund will provide critical support to two WFP programs in northern Ethiopia: emergency food assistance for nearly 60,000 people in conflict-affected areas and nutritional support for more than 16,000 malnourished children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Overall, these funds will help reach more than 75,000 people across northern Ethiopia.

What is the U.N. World Food PRogramme?

The U.N. World Food Programme saves lives by fighting hunger and famine around the globe.

  • 15Bmeals delivered each year
  • 100M+people fed each year
  • 120countries and territories around the world
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A humanitarian worker carries food bags from storage to a transport truck.
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The Weeknd + WFP USA

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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