Food Assistance

  • As a global leader in food assistance in the Syrian crisis since 2012, USAID is helping Syrians improve their food security through revived home gardens.

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  • USAID provides humanitarian assistance and life-saving humanitarian aid to millions of people in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen.

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  • In the face of unprecedented levels of food insecurity, read from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace Acting Director about our efforts to end hunger.

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  • View the USAID Food Aid Product Information Guide to see what comprises the U.S. food basket to help address hunger and malnutrition around the world.

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Types of USAID Emergency Food Assistance
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USAID works with partners to provide life-saving food assistance to vulnerable populations and reduce hunger and malnutrition so that all people at all times have adequate, safe and nutritious food for healthy and productive lives.  

USAID predicts, prevents, and responds to hunger overseas. Through its emergency food assistance activities, USAID saves lives, reduces suffering, and supports the early recovery of people affected by conflict and natural disaster emergencies, including refugees.

USAID’s development food assistance activities reduce food insecurity among vulnerable populations and help build resilience in communities facing chronic poverty and recurrent crises such as drought. Equipping people with the knowledge and tools to feed themselves reduces the need for future assistance.

Alleviating global hunger is critical to U.S. national security: where hunger persists, instability grows. By supporting the world's most vulnerable, USAID is building a more stable world and ensuring that people have the opportunity to lead healthy, productive lives. Expressing the compassion and goodwill of the people of the United States, USAID mobilizes America’s resources to bring help and hope to billions of people around the world.  

Our approach to food assistance:

USAID is committed to contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and pursuing USAID’s mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. To increase the impact of U.S. Government food assistance as a critical tool in global efforts to end hunger and poverty, USAID’s Food Assistance and Food Security Strategy challenges Food for Peace and its partners to strive for greater impact with greater efficiency and sustainability. USAID’s approach to food assistance includes:

  • Provide access to life-saving food to those in greatest need in an impartial manner, without bias or prejudice.
  • Strengthen Food for Peace’s commitment to tackle food insecurity from a holistic approach to ensure long-lasting impact.
  • Support household, community and institutional capacities that contribute to resilience and reduce the need for U.S. food assistance.
  • Build on USAID’s commitment to conflict-sensitive programming and its impact on the way that food assistance is delivered that can have positive impacts on social cohesion and improved capacities for peace.
  • Contribute directly to the vision, goal and objectives of Feed the Future to combat global hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition, and the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy.
  • Continue coordination with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to save lives, reduce suffering and give vulnerable populations resources to strengthen their own ability to respond to emergencies.



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Last updated: May 23, 2018

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