Like UPS, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is known for its logistics expertise. In addition to delivering lifesaving food assistance to some 80 million people in 82 countries each year, WFP also transports fuel, medical supplies and aid workers when emergency strikes and the international aid community mobilizes.
By building U.S. support and resources for the mission of WFP—the largest humanitarian agency on the planet—World Food Program USA delivers hope to communities struggling to survive natural disaster and conflict, children trying to succeed in the world’s poorest classrooms and parents and farmers working to put food on the table in the most challenging conditions.
When the worst Ebola outbreak in history struck Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone last year, for example, WFP prevented a global health crisis from becoming a hunger crisis by delivering emergency food rations from UN Humanitarian Response Depots to quarantined patients, their families and nearby communities where markets and farming had been disrupted.
As head of the UN Humanitarian Air Service, WFP also transported medicine and doctors into West Africa, a region where hospitals and medical staff were few and far between. At the same time, UPS stepped up as one of WFP’s most dedicated partners by providing staff, equipment and staging areas so WFP could unload and distribute supplies as safely and efficiently as possible.
After a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated Nepal in April, WFP and UPS joined forces yet again to land planes in Kathmandu for people in need. Meanwhile, UPS responded with the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) which assisted with customs clearance to process millions of tons of food and equipment arriving around the clock and UPS provided air ramp support to quickly offload relief items from arriving flights and transferring supplies to transport vehicles as quickly as possible.
Since the start of our partnership, UPS has provided loaned managers and supply chain experts and helped to conduct capacity assessments of ports, airstrips and roadways in high-risk countries like Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
UPS is even working with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)—a WFP partner on the ground— to create a handheld scanner dubbed “UPS Relief Link™” that will track supplies for last mile delivery.
Thanks to its staff expertise, in-kind donations and financial support, UPS is helping WFP reduce the time it takes to reach families and people in need, thus saving millions of lives each year.
Together, WFP and UPS are delivering hope and building a future without hunger.
Rick Leach is the President and CEO of World Food Program USA, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that supports the mission of the U.N. World Food Programme, the largest hunger relief agency in the world.
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