UNITED NATIONS WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME GOODWILL AMBASSADOR ABEL “THE WEEKND” TESFAYE TO PROVIDE FOUR MILLION MEALS TO SUPPORT EMERGENCY HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS IN GAZA
WASHINGTON, DC – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Goodwill Ambassador and multi-platinum global recording artist Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye is directing US$2.5 million from his XO Humanitarian Fund toward WFP’s humanitarian response efforts in Gaza.
This donation, which equates to four million emergency meals, will fund 820 metric tons of food parcels that could feed more than 173,000 Palestinians for two weeks.
Tesfaye’s contribution comes at a critical moment in WFP’s response efforts, as it races to feed more than one million Gazans on the verge of starvation. Since the crisis began on October 7th, WFP has provided food assistance to more than 764,000 Palestinians in coordination with other UN agencies and local and regional implementing partners.
During the recent humanitarian pause in fighting, WFP has reached more than 121,000 people, including in hard-to-reach areas previously inaccessible within Gaza. Food assistance has included fresh bread, fortified date bars, canned food, wheat flour, pasta, tomato paste and oil. WFP continues to move as many trucks as possible full of food and aid into Gaza daily during the humanitarian pause.
“This conflict has unleashed a humanitarian catastrophe beyond reckoning. WFP is working round the clock to provide aid in Gaza but a major scale up is needed to address the desperate level of hunger we are seeing. Our teams need safe and sustained humanitarian access, and continued support from donors to reach as many people as we can,” said WFP’s Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe Region, Corinne Fleischer. “We thank Abel for this valuable contribution towards the people of Palestine. We hope others will follow Abel’s example and support our efforts.”
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in October 2021, has actively supported WFP’s global hunger-relief mission through personal donations of US$1.8 million and through the XO Humanitarian Fund he established in partnership with World Food Program USA. The fund, which has raised US$5 million to date, sent a first tranche of US$2.5 million to support emergency food assistance to women and children in Ethiopia and the second tranche will be allocated to the Gaza response. In 2024, Tesfaye has committed to dedicating the equivalent of US$1 per concert ticket sold from the global leg of his After Hours ‘til Dawn stadium tour to the XO Humanitarian Fund.
Learn more about The Weeknd’s work with the U.N. World Food Programme at wfp.org/TheWeeknd.