UN World Food Program Cuts Aid to Syrian Refugees in Jordan Amid Funding Shortage

Washington, June 4 (Agency) The UN World Food Program (WFP) said funding shortages have caused it to scale back its food assistance programs for Syrian refugees living in Jordan, the organization said. “[R]esources still fall well short of meeting the needs of all vulnerable refugees in Jordan. WFP urgently needs US$58 million to continue food assistance until the end of the year for the half million refugees it supports,” the WFP stated on Thursday.

WFP Country Director in Jordan Alberto Correia Mendes added that the organization may have to cut food assistance to another 250,000 refugees by September if it does not receive the needed financial contributions. Mendes said the WFP needs $58 million to continue its program in Jordan until the end of 2021.
The WFP noted that the cuts are coming at a bad time due to the increased number of families who are struggling to earn money or have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic measures.