The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $72 million in emergency food assistance to more than 650,000 vulnerable people in Lebanon, including refugees from Syria and other countries. This funding, through the United Nations World Food Programme, will provide household food parcels – including rice, lentils and chickpeas – to Lebanese families, and electronic food vouchers for Syrian refugees to be used in local stores, which supports the Lebanese economy.
USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced the funding during a visit to Lebanon, where she met with local farmers and food aid recipients who have been affected by the growing food security crisis. .
The implications of the Russian invasion against Ukraine on food and fuel prices in Lebanon continue to push more people into food insecurity and exacerbate the effects of the economic crisis in Lebanon. Lebanon typically buys almost 80% of its wheat from Ukraine, and between October 2019 and June 2022, food prices in Lebanon increased by more than 2,000%. As people lose their livelihoods, vulnerable families cannot afford to eat enough.
Today’s announcement is part of $2 billion in USAID humanitarian assistance announced by President Joe Biden in September to address impacts on global food security. The United States remains deeply concerned about Lebanon’s growing humanitarian needs and continues to urge other donors to strengthen their response. Since 2012, the United States has provided more than $3 billion in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Lebanon.
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For the latest updates on USAID humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, visit: www.usaid.gov/humanitarian-assistance/lebanon