Saudi Committee Gives US$1 Million To Support Food Insecure Palestinians

December 5, 2014 9:54 am

Saudi Committee Gives US$1 Million To Support Food Insecure Palestinians

CAIRO – The Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People (SCRPP) today announced a US$1 million donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist the most vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank.

The SCRPP’s support comes at a crucial time when humanitarian needs in Palestine are mounting following the conflict in Gaza in July and August, while the volatile situation in the West Bank adversely affects people’s livelihoods.

The contribution will enable WFP to provide nutritious food and food vouchers for more than one month to some 122,000 of the most vunerable Palestinians living in the West Bank.

The donation was confirmed at a signing ceremony in Cairo, Egypt, attended by Dr. Said  Alarabi Alharthi, Advisor to the Saudi Minister of Interior and the Chairman of the Saudi Relief Committees, and  Mr. Aldosari Mubarak Saeed, the Executive Director of the Saudi Relief Committees; Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe, and Daniela Owen, WFP Palestine Representative and Country Director.

“We are grateful for this donation from the SCRPP, which comes at a critical juncture for the Palestinian people, ahead of the winter rains and cold weather that will aggravate an already desperate situation for thousands of displaced families. WFP looks forward to continuing its partnership with the SCRPP in Palestine and hopes for expanded cooperation in the near future,” said WFP’s Daniela Owen.

Since 2011, WFP has invested more than US$150 million in the Palestinian economy via local purchases and its food voucher programme.  This contribution means that WFP can continue to inject these much-needed funds, which also help build resilience.

To provide food and voucher assistance in the West Bank and Gaza until June 2015, WFP needs US$38 million, of which US$15 million is needed immediately to ensure the delivery of food vouchers and purchase of food for distribution in January.

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