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US donates 3,000 tons of food to feed Sri Lankan schoolchildren

Dove: The United States, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in partnership with Save the Children, donated 320 metric tons of yellow split peas as part of 3,000 metric tons of food to feed Sri Lankan school children.
“This gift from the American people targets the most vulnerable Sri Lankans, children, and allows them to focus on their education rather than their hunger. Each nourishing meal will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to helping all Sri Lankans out of the worst economic situation”. since the country’s independence,” said Ambassador Julie Chung, quoted in the statement released by the US Embassy in Sri Lanka on Friday.
Ambassador Chung, Sri Lankan Education Minister Susil Premajayantha, and representatives from the Ministry of Health, National Planning Department and Save the Children attended the handover ceremony.
The shipment is part of the USDA McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, a five-year, $26 million project to provide immediate emergency assistance to those suffering from insecurity. food to improve literacy and attendance by reducing hunger.
The USDA and its partner Save the Children are working with the Sri Lankan government and local communities to ensure food gets to those who need it most.
Between June 2021 and January 2022 alone, the project, titled Promoting Autonomy for Literacy and Attentiveness through Market Alliances (PALAM/A), twice provided protein supplements in the form of yellow split peas and Alaskan pink salmon to more than 105,000 children and their families. – more than 460,000 Sri Lankans in total – during the COVID-19 related lockdowns. In mid-August, PALAM/A provided supplementary feeding to approximately 50,000 schoolchildren.
“The donation reflects larger U.S. efforts to scale up food security operations around the world to provide record amounts of immediate emergency assistance to save lives and alleviate suffering,” it said. the press release.
Food security programs are just one part of the long-standing partnership between the American and Sri Lankan peoples to support Sri Lanka’s development journey and promote economic sustainability.
In addition to ongoing PALAM/A projects, the United States has announced more than $179 million in new assistance to Sri Lanka this year, including nearly $32 million in new humanitarian and technical assistance since June alone. .
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum and reiterated US support for the most vulnerable people. of the island affected by the crisis.
Blinken reiterated U.S. support for the people of Sri Lanka, highlighting more than $179 million in U.S. assistance that will support Sri Lanka’s most vulnerable and strengthen the country’s economy during this difficult time.
A US State Department statement by Blinken also underscored the importance of working with the IMF to put Sri Lanka back on the path to economic stability.
Sri Lanka is in the grip of a severe economic crisis, with shortages of food and fuel affecting many of the island nation’s residents. The economy has been in freefall since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)