July 06, Colombo: The World Food Programme (WFP) in its latest situation reports says 6.26 million people in Sri Lanka are food insecure and it targets 3 million people to receive emergency food, nutrition, and school meals until December.
WFP Sri Lanka issuing its Situation Report Wednesday said according to its latest food security assessment3 in 10 households (6.26 million people) are food insecure, of which 65,600 are severely food insecure and 200,000 households are using emergency livelihood coping strategies.
Responding to the ongoing crisis, WFP, starting in the capital Colombo plans to support 3 million vulnerable people of Sri Lanka from June through December 2022.
WFP is prioritizing families who are unable to purchase food, particularly those with children under five, pregnant and lactating women, and persons with disabilities.
This support will be delivered through in-kind food, cash-based transfers, school meals, and nutritional support.
WFP has reached about 2,100 pregnant women (88 percent) of its initially targeted 2,375 beneficiaries in Colombo. This is the first round of WFP’s emergency food assistance to support the most vulnerable populations, starting with nutritionally at-risk pregnant women registered in the Government’s ante-natal care program across nine maternal clinics in the capital city.
In partnership with the Government, WFP will support 1 million schoolchildren aged 5 to 10 with school meals starting in October. WFP will prioritize vulnerable schools, where the Government’s national school meals program has been halted due to budget constraints.
WFP says it has so far received only 28 percent of its emergency appeal of US$63 million to provide humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka. WFP has so far received US$18.14 million from the governments of Australia, Japan, and New Zealand.