World Food Program Assists Hurricane Iris Victims

19 December, 2001 - Belmopan
In response to the Government of Belize's request shortly after Hurricane Iris, for emergency food assistance for the affected areas in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts, the World Food Programme (WFP)
approved an emergency food grant totaling US$127,272.

This grant will provide over 190 metric tons of food to 4,000 persons in food-insecure situations in ten villages, over a three months period.

PAHO/WHO is implementing the emergency operation on behalf of WFP, and GOB as designated the Ministry of Human Development, Women and Children
and Civil Society as executing agency for the implementation of the operation.

The Ministry of Human Development is presently distributing food to the target villages.

The first monthly distribution of food was conducted during the week of November 19, 2001.

WFP is the United Nations' frontline agency in the fight against global hunger.

Part of its mission is to use food to meet emergency needs of victims of natural disasters, support economic and social development and provide the logistics support necessary to deliver food.

WFP's humanitarian and development projects are financed entirely by voluntary contributions from Governments, Corporations and individuals.

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