The US is providing $64 million in emergency aid to vulnerable Lebanese

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In response to growing food security needs in Lebanon, the United States is providing nearly $64 million in additional humanitarian assistance through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help feed vulnerable people in Lebanon. Lebanon faces rising food insecurity amid the country’s ongoing economic crisis, as well as the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Beirut Port explosion in August 2020. This situation is exacerbated by Putin’s war against Ukraine, as Lebanon relies on imported wheat, mostly from Ukraine. USAID remains concerned that rising prices for basic food and fuel in Lebanon will exacerbate food insecurity. The US government has pledged to provide much-needed assistance to Lebanon’s most vulnerable populations.

The United States is the largest bilateral donor of humanitarian assistance to Lebanon. This additional $64 million in UN World Food Program funding will provide emergency relief to more than 740,000 people. This latest USAID contribution includes rice, chickpeas, pasta, lentils and other non-perishable items, as well as vouchers to buy basic necessities at local markets, thereby supporting the Lebanese economy.

The United States government has committed nearly $510 million in aid to Lebanon since October 2020. The United States remains deeply concerned about the mounting humanitarian needs in Lebanon and continues to urge other donors to increase their contributions to that response.

For the latest updates on US humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, go to here.

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