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Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Devastating Earthquake in Haiti

The World Food Program (WFP) is deeply saddened by the loss of life and widespread destruction in Haiti and we are mobilizing all available resources to provide urgently needed food assistance as part of a swift and coordinated recovery effort.  

Our thoughts are with families who have lost loved ones and those whose lives have been shattered.

WFP is already deploying resources in Haiti to assist those affected by this disaster. WFP is immediately airlifting an additional 95 tons of food from its emergency hub in El Salvador, which will provide more than half a million emergency meals.

In the initial stages of this crisis, WFP will be providing significant quantities of ready to eat food that can be consumed immediately by those who have no access to cooking facilities.  High energy biscuits will also be distributed to those who have lost their homes and can no longer feed themselves.

We will work with the Haitian government, with our humanitarian partners on the ground, and with governments across the world, as part of a coordinated international rescue and recovery effort.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Alejandro Chicheri, WFP/Panama, Mob.  +1 917 392 6159 or +507 6675 0617
Elio Rujano, WFP/Panama, Tel. +507 317 3930, Mob. + 507 66179261
Gregory Barrow, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06513 2330, Mob. +39 348 1325018
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44-20-72409001, Mob.  +44-7968-008474
Emilia Casella, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41-22-9178564, Mob.  +41-792857304
Jennifer Parmelee, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1-202-4223383
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

About WFP USA

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 80 million people in 75 countries with food assistance last year. World Food Program USA builds support for WFP through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

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