United States donates 3,000 tons of food to feed Sri Lankan school children > US Indo-Pacific Command > 2015

COLOMBO, U.S. Embassy Sri Lanka — Today the United States, through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and in partnership with Save the Children, received 320 tons of yellow peas broken to feed schoolchildren in Sri Lanka. The donation is part of a larger donation of 3,000 metric tons of food. United States Ambassador Julie Chung, Hon. Dr Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Education, and representatives from the Ministry of Health, National Planning Department and Save the Children attended the handover ceremony.

“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 nutritious meal will demonstrate the United States’ commitment to helping all Sri Lankans emerge from the country’s worst economic crisis since independence,” said Ambassador Julie Chung.

The shipment is part of the USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition International Program, a five-year, $26 million project to provide immediate emergency assistance to food-insecure people 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 closures. In mid-August, PALAM/A provided supplementary feeding to around 50,000 school children.

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. 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. .

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