Soaring food costs have hindered the World Food Program’s relief efforts, prompting executive director Josette Sheehan to request U.S. lawmakers to add USD500 million to the agency’s reserves. Sheehan is optimistic that the WFP’s biggest donor will accede to the request, though U.S. officials are grappling with the same issues. The price of the food that the country’s biggest food initiative – Food for Peace – hands out surged 41 percent higher. This forced the agency to use the money earmarked for future projects to shore up this year’s budget.
Source: WFP chief to ask US for help on shrinking food aid (Reuters)