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The Weeknd Donates $2M to Feed Families Facing Famine in Gaza

After donating $2.5 million to the World Food Programme’s hunger relief efforts in Gaza last year, The Weeknd has stepped up again, this time pledging another $2 million.

The multi-platinum global-recording artist, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, made the donation through his XO Humanitarian Fund which he started in 2022 for the purpose of combatting global hunger. According to the World Food Programme, his donation will go towards the purchase of over 1,500 metric tons of fortified wheat flour. This will be turned into 18 million loaves of bread, ultimately feeding over 157,000 Palestinians for one month.

“With famine looming in Gaza, Abel’s generous support will provide vital relief for thousands of Palestinian families who battle the grip of hunger every day,” WFP’s Corinne Fleishcher said. “We are tremendously grateful for his contribution, compassion, and for his unwavering advocacy for WFP and the people of Palestine.”


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The humanitarian organisation distributes meals in food shelters set up by the United Nations as well as make-shift camps. It also supports over 100 community kitchens and is currently working to help bakeries in Gaza become operational again through the provision of wheat flour, fuel, yeast, salt and sugar.

“We are very grateful for Abel’s continued support as WFP works to respond to the urgent hunger crisis in Gaza,” Barron Segar, President and CEO of WFP USA said.

“Hunger is a human-made problem and as such, it is solvable. We have enough food in this world to feed everyone. All we need is the funding and safe access to make it happen. Thanks to Abel’s designation, families and children will receive the food so desperately need.”

The Weeknd was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the WFP and has used his platform to highlight global hunger issues. His first major donation to WFP helped feed more than 173,000 people in Gaza for two weeks. He has also sent $2 million to provide emergency food assistance to women and children in Ethiopia.

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