Head of WFP plans visit to Israel's West Bank
Jan 17, 2011
Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nation's World Food Programme (WFP), is planning a visit to Israel, Jordan and the West Bank to monitor the the performance of existing food aid programs for the occupied Palestinian territories.
According to the U.N.'s News Agency, the planned visits include meetings with government officials from all three locations.
Sheeran will also make a trip to a school in Hebron to evaluate school meals projects and meet students face to face to get a sense of how the programs have helped them and whether they've done their job to prevent students from dropping out of school. Other sites include a shop where the WFP has been providing Palestinians with electronic vouchers for food, the news source reports.
The U.N. donates snacks to at least 75,000 students in the West Bank.
According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 40 percent of Palestinians experience food insecurity, with an additional 30 percent who face the constant worry of food shortages.