WFP to increase beneficiaries of food assistance programme

By ZBC Reporter

THE World Food Programme (WFP) is set to scale up its food assistance programme in urban areas, amid an increase in the number of vulnerable families due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WFP has been rolling out a food assistance programme in 22 urban communities for the past three months, with a cumulative total of 326 thousand beneficiaries.

The organisation’s spokesperson for Zimbabwe, Claire Nevill told ZBC News in Chinhoyi this Tuesday that the number of beneficiaries is set to increase to half a million early next year.

“So, we have been looking at 22 urban areas where over 320 thousand people get 12 USD dollar monthly vouchers each. However, we realised there are still more people requiring assistance and we hope to increase beneficiaries to half a million people by early 2021. We are going to have a total of 27 urban areas covered under the programme, noted Nevill.

The programme is being implemented in conjunction with local retail shops to ensure easy access to basic commodities.

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