For immediate release
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Press Relations Office
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $40 million in additional humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in Lebanon as they continue to deal with the impacts of the ongoing economic and financial crisis, the COVID pandemic -19 and continued displacement resulting from the Syrian crisis. civil war.
With this funding, USAID is partnering with the United Nations World Food Program to provide emergency food assistance to nearly 740,000 people for four months, including vulnerable Syrian refugees and Lebanese populations. This latest contribution from USAID comes as food prices continue to rise in Lebanon due to a collapsing currency and overlapping crises that are exacerbating food insecurity and diminishing people’s ability to buy food. first need.
As the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, the United States has now provided more than $440 million since October 2020, during which time the economic and financial crisis in Lebanon worsened. The United States remains deeply concerned about the growing humanitarian needs in Lebanon and continues to urge other donors to increase their contributions to this response.