The United States Government has announced 8 million in food aid to help the poor in Dhaka’s urban areas meet the challenge of COVID-19.
This funding is part of the 43 million USD provided by the US government to support the Covid-19 effort in Bangladesh and is part of the 1 billion USD provided by the US government as health assistance over the past 20 years.
Earl Miller, the US Ambassador to Dhaka, State Minister for Social Welfare Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, WFP Representative and Country Director Richard Ragan, today inaugurated a new 6 million life-saving food aid program to help poor families in Dhaka who is at high risk for the Novel Carnavirus (Covid-19).
The program will be funded by the United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations’ food aid arm. It is the world’s largest humanitarian aid organization to fight hunger and protect food security. This program will be linked to the ongoing efforts of the Government of Bangladesh to combat the COVID-19 epidemic.
This food aid program will provide assistance to 1 lakh low-income people living in Kalyanpur and Sattala slum areas. Food baskets will be provided to the families who are in quarantine due to COVID-19 rage. In addition, residents of the area will receive vouchers to get vegetables from Bangladeshi farmers for free or at low prices and other nutritious food from local vendors.