The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced this Monday that it will begin operations in Venezuela with the priority of serving the most vulnerable children.
“WFP operations in Venezuela and throughout the world are governed by the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence,” the United Nations program said in a statement.
WFP Executive Director David Beasley said that through this humanitarian operation, “WFP will provide nutritious school meals to children, especially in pre-primary and special education schools, and will invest in the rehabilitation of school canteens and the training of school personnel in food safety practices.’
“With this agreement, WFP will advance its plan to progressively reach 1.5 million children in schools in the areas most affected by food insecurity,” added Beasley.
In this sense, he specified, “children and schools will be at the center of our operation. We believe that the school is the most appropriate platform for WFP to reach the communities independently.”
“The WFP operation will reach 185,000 children by the end of this year. Through gradual expansion, WFP will aim to provide daily meals to 1.5 million students by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Its expected annual budget of US $ 190 million is part of Venezuela’s Humanitarian Response Plan,” he added.
Finally, Beasley said, “we have the support of the international donor community to support our operation in Venezuela.”