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Friends of the World Food Program

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1819 L Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20036 USA


World Food Program USA is a nonprofit organization that builds support in the United States to end global hunger. WFP USA engages individuals and organizations, shapes public policy and generates resources for the United Nations World Food Program and other hunger relief operations.


We are the 17th largest donor to the World Food Program, including government donors.

Target demographics:

Hungry people in 73 countries around the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

90 million people

Geographic areas served:



School Meals: School meals programs involve just what the name implies – providing meals in schools. The idea is simple; the impact is significant. Serving food at school not only helps alleviate hunger among the world’s poorest children, it also helps get them into school, providing them with an important key to a better future – an education. Focus on Women: WFP is committed to using its policies, programs and actions to promote women’s empowerment as a key to improving food security for all. Food for Work: WFP’s food for work programs offer food as payment when people go to work—building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, ports and other essential elements of their communities’ infrastructure. Meanwhile, food for training programs provide food for those who participate in projects that teach a skill, such as sewing or gardening, or offer education on nutrition and health issues. Purchase for Progress: P4P aims to give small-scale farmers access to reliable markets and the opportunity to sell their surplus crops to WFP at competitive prices. By purchasing crops from local farmers, the program helps them increase their household incomes – a critical component in solving hunger and poverty at the very core. Buying locally also helps WFP distribute food more quickly to those who need it most. HIV/AIDS: Families who have been affected by the virus often cite food as their greatest need. That is why WFP distributes food to both HIV/AIDS patients and their families. In 2008, WFP provided assistance to 2.4 million people affected by HIV/AIDS. WFP ensures that good nutrition is an integral part of every care package delivered to a person living with HIV/AIDS. Emergency Response: When emergencies strike, WFP is first on the ground helping people. Whether in the wake of a natural disaster or in the midst of conflict, WFP responds with life-saving food and logistical support. With field offices around the globe and pre-positioned emergency food stocks, WFP is able to deliver food virtually anywhere in the world with as little as one day’s notice. Nutrition: For every operation that WFP undertakes, it has to establish what type and quantity of food people need. It’s not just a question of providing food, but also making sure what arrives is nutritionally appropriate to address the problem at hand. Procurement: WFP's procurement offices are based at the Rome headquarters, with teams around the world, and are responsible for securing the food, goods and services needed to support the agency's mission to solve the problem of global hunger. Food Security Analysis: Before intervening in a country, the first priority for WFP is to analyze the food security situation of the population. WFP's food security analysis work is commonly known as VAM (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) and is carried out by 120 analysts around the world. Logistics: When the areas needing food are not accessible by road, rail or river, other methods are brought into play. An emergency may require a cargo drop from aircraft or a helicopter airlift, but there are other options too. Locally engaged porters, as well as teams of elephants, yaks, donkeys and camels are also used when necessary.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a volunteer for Friends of the WFP, I was priveledged enough to go to Nicaragua as a guest of the United Nations World Food Program, in July 2008. It was an amazing experience and even more amazing was how the WFP manage the logistics of feeding so many people so efficiently. We visited school feeding programs where the children get a hot meal every day at school. For many of these children, it is the only meal they each day. The WFP manage to feed these children with only 25c per meal. The WFP staff on the ground are from the region and know best what the needs of the people are. The operations are simple, effective and efficient! This is an organization that I completely respect and admire and happily trust that they will do the very best with all funds donated to them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mother and Child Health Programs, School Feeding Programs and Food for Work Programs in Nicaragua.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue doing what they are doing but try and raise more awareness to the WFP in the USA

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy the well organised simplicity of this organization. They certainly are a superior logistics organization striving to end Global Hunger.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

local staff who knew the needs of the people they were servicing. The staff also had tremendous empathy and listened to the needs of their beneficiaries.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Feed 1,000,000 children at school in a developing country, for the whole school year.

Ways to make it better...

My experience could not have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

shortage of sufficient donations to end hunger.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Feeding children at school in countries where hunger is a problem, symbolizes hope to me. I see education and nourishment as the only way to end the continual cycle of poverty for all children of our generation. $50 per year can achieve this one child at a time!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This non-profit organization is made up of only about 15 employees in Washington, DC. However, their efforts help mobilize people all across the United States to volunteer and provide support to the World Food Program. Friends of WFP is also one of the largest donors to the World Food Program, providing millions of dollars each year to go to programs in the field to help the hungry poor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Friends of WFP staff of only a few people has mobilized millions of people in the US to support the World Food Program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

93 cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to the field. This means they spend only a minimum amount on overhead and almost all money donated goes directly into the mouths of hungry children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The Friends of WFP staff is friendly, hard-working and entirely dedicated to their cause!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If this organization had 10 million bucks it could feed 200,000 students in school for a year. It takes only $50 to feed a schoolchild one hot meal in school for a year!

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