World Food Program USA

Saving Lives. Changing Lives.

aka World Food Program USA   |   Washington, DC   |


Consistent with the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme, World Food Program USA works with U.S. policymakers, corporations, foundations and individuals to help provide financial resources and develop policies needed to alleviate global hunger.

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President and CEO

Mr. Barron Segar

Main address

1750 H Street NW Suite 500

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

International Relief (Q33)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

From 1990 to 2016, the number of hungry people globally has decreased by more than 200 million. In the developing world, the prevalence of undernourishment during the same period has declined to less than 13% of the population, down from more than 23% a quarter of a century ago.
Despite this progress, today, we are facing a critical moment in the fight to end hunger. For the first time in a decade, the number of hungry people in the world has gone up, and never have so many been displaced by war and extreme weather. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of people who are acutely food insecure in the world rose from 80 million to 108 million, an increase of 35 percent over a single year.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Relief and Response

When emergencies strike, WFP is first on the ground helping people. Whether in the wake of a natural disaster or in the midst of conflict, WFP responds with life-saving food and logistical support. With field offices around the globe and pre-positioned emergency food stocks, WFP is able to deliver food virtually anywhere in the world with as little as one day’s notice. To make emergency operations possible, WFP partners with other organizations and national governments to ensure that key logistics are in place. If there are no roads or bridges, WFP builds them. If conflict in an area makes road travel impossible, WFP can arrange airdrops of life-saving food. The agency will use whatever it takes to reach people in need, right down to sending food on the backs of mules. The rising tide of civil conflict, war and natural disasters in the world's poorest nations has led to an explosion in food emergencies – up from an average of 15 per year in the 1980s to more than 30 per year since 2000. Whatever the cause, WFP is there to help with life-saving food, and Friends of WFP helps by raising awareness and funds in the United States.

Population(s) Served

School meals programs involve just what the name implies – providing meals in schools. The idea is simple; the impact is significant. Serving food at school not only helps alleviate hunger among the world’s poorest children, it also helps get them into school, providing them with an important key to a better future – an education.

Where school meals programs are offered, enrollment and attendance rates increase significantly, particularly for girls. Students also stay in school longer. Academic performance improves, as well; students with a full stomach concentrate better and comprehend material more quickly.

Thanks to WFP, more than 20 million children in 70 of the world’s poorest countries are being fed every school day. The food provided is always culturally appropriate, ranging from porridge made of fortified corn and soy to a meal of corn, peas and beans.

It costs approximately 25 cents to fill a cup with a nutritious meal for a child in school.

Girls’ EducationThrough its school meals programs, WFP places special emphasis on girls’ education. In areas where enrollment rates for girls are particularly low, WFP works with families and communities to help make it possible for girls to attend school.

In some cases, a girl’s good attendance is rewarded with food for her family. These take-home rations can be eaten by the family or sold to make up for the loss of the girl’s labor at home. This kind of program makes education affordable and encourages families to send their daughters to school.

School meals programs also help expand the reach of a number of other important activities, including de-worming campaigns and HIV/AIDS education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

WFP supports initiatives that help empower local farmers in developing countries and address long-term hunger needs. An example of this is the newly launched Purchase for Progress (P4P) program, which benefits from generous support by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. 

P4P aims to give small-scale farmers access to reliable markets and the opportunity to sell their surplus crops to WFP at competitive prices. By purchasing crops from local farmers, the program helps them increase their household incomes – a critical component in solving hunger and poverty at the very core. Buying locally also helps WFP distribute food more quickly to those who need it most. 

"It’s a win-win,” says WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. "We help our beneficiaries who have little or no food, and we help local farmers who have little or no access to markets.” 

P4P will be piloted in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America: 

Africa: Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia 

Latin America: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua 

Asia: Afghanistan and Laos

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Population(s) Served

WFP supports the value of work and of helping people acquire the training necessary to feed their families and rebuild their nations in the wake of armed conflict and natural disasters.

WFP’s food for work programs offer food as payment when people go to work—building roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, ports and other essential elements of their communities’ infrastructure. Meanwhile, food for training programs provide food for those who participate in projects that teach a skill, such as sewing or gardening, or offer education on nutrition and health issues.

Howard G. Buffett, a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, has traveled throughout Africa and Asia, seeing firsthand how food for training programs work. “From emergency relief to development assistance, WFP gives hope to many while saving lives every day,” he noted.

Population(s) Served

Some 60 percent of the world’s chronically hungry people are women and girls. This is because women often have unequal access to resources, education and income, and because they participate less in decision-making.

When hunger and undernutrition affect women, they also affect their children. More than 19 million children are born annually with low birth weight, often the result of their mothers receiving inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy.

These babies born with low birth weight are 20 times more likely to die in infancy, and those who survive are more likely to remain malnourished throughout childhood. It is also likely they will face health and learning difficulties throughout their lives.

This means that hunger and its consequences are passed from generation to generation.

But women are not merely victims of hunger. They are also the most effective solution to combating and preventing hunger.

In many countries, women form the backbone of the agricultural sector and food systems, making up the bulk of agricultural laborers. They also play a key role in guaranteeing food security for the entire household. Experience shows that in the hands of women, food is far more likely to reach the mouths of needy children.

WFP is committed to using its policies, programs and actions to promote women’s empowerment as a key to improving food security for all.

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Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Context Notes

We continue to add to our base of donors and supporters for UN WFP's work by diversifying donor engagement through digital media adoption and strengthening of other existing strategies.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At WFP USA, we aim to ensure appropriate U.S. policies and programs foster a comprehensive approach to promoting global food security and U.S. government financial commitment in cash and commodities toward eradicating hunger. We also supplement US government funding of UN World Food Programme's programs, operations, and priorities through support from the private sector and individuals. World Food Program USA's multi-pronged approach to battling global hunger has positioned the organization as a thought leader, key influencer, convener and effective fundraiser.

To fulfill its mission, World Food Program USA works in three key areas:

POLICY: We develop and advocate for policies that foster a comprehensive approach to promoting global food security and that help ensure that the U.S. government continues to lead the world in fighting and eradicating hunger.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING: We are committed to securing a robust U.S. government financial commitment toward eradicating hunger including a strong commitment to the UN World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian relief organization in the world.

PRIVATE SECTOR FUNDING AND ENGAGEMENT: We offer a direct channel for corporations, foundations and individuals to provide assistance in the form of financial donations, employee engagement, in-kind donations and technical assistance to support UN World Food Programme operations.

- Cultivate congressional champions (new and established) to ensure sustained bi-cameral, bi-partisan support for US global leadership in fighting hunger.
- Broaden general awareness of UN World Food Programme and its policy priorities.
- Ensure robust funding for accounts and programs important to UN World Food Programme.
- Secure implementation of World Food Program USA-led modifications to Farm Bill programs.

- Drive brand awareness by establishing World Food Program USA as a thought leader and convener on global food security issues in the U.S.
- Strengthen World Food Program USA's communications impact through consistency of message, visual identity and tone across all content, channels and materials.
- Increase the size of World Food Program USA audience on owned digital channels and generate leads for fundraising opportunities

- Exceed all revenue projections
- Secure new partnerships and sources of revenue
- Fully leverage the Board of Directors in fundraising and donor stewardship activities.
- Establish state of the art donor management processes, protocols and systems that will allow World Food Program to grow revenue toward $50 million in the coming years.

- Enhance collaboration through digital solutions to inform and engage internal and external audiences.
- Drive a centralized and streamlined cloud adoption to meet business needs.
- Provide a robust and secure IT infrastructure that supports on-demand access to information.

STAFF: World Food program USA’s team of professionals brings together diverse skills and experiences in fundraising, policy, marketing and communications to enable the organization achieve its mission of zero hunger. Each department has a unique set of capabilities to reach organization goals and objectives.

DIGITAL ACUMEN: We continue to adopt best in class digital solutions and strategies to ensure that we are engaging all supporters and donors while maintaining traditional engagement strategies. For example we are incorporating digital media to reach new audiences through email marketing, display advertising and search engine ads for our fundraising efforts while maintaining a robust direct mail program.

FUNDRAISING STRATEGIES: We implement new strategies to maintain old donors and attract and retain new donors. We do this via appeals, cultivations, acquisitions and renewals. We also conduct in-person meetings with donors and supporters and create content that highlights UN World Food Programme's ongoing work and needs.

PARTNERSHIPS: We are proud to partner with U.S. companies that believe in UN World Food Programme's mission. By providing financial resources, in-kind services and technical expertise, America’s private sector is helping UN World Food Programme's continually improve the way it delivers food across the globe.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: We are continuing to fully leverage the Board of Directors to better support policy, fundraising and marketing goals of World Food Program USA

World Food Program USA continues to ensure that U.S government funding to UN World food Programme is maintained. Between 2015 and 2017, US government's support to UN World Food Programme has increased over time from $2,006,615,618 to $2,710,067,912.

Our number of active donors and supporters continues to increase year over year

We are increasing visibility for UN World Food Programme's life saving and life changing work to audiences across the United States.


World Food Program USA

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World Food Program USA

Board of directors
as of 10/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Russell

The Russell Group

Randy Russell

The Russell Group

Daniel Glickman

Bipartisan Policy Center

Carl Stern

Carl Stern and Associates

Bonnie Raquet

Cargill, Inc.

Thomas Daschle

US Congress

Tony Fratto

Hamilton Place Strategies

Jodi Benson

General Mills

Noland Mackenzie Canter, III

Copilevitz & Canter, LLC

Emily High Daniels

Brown Advisory

Molly Finn

eBay Inc.

Anwar Khan

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Sandra Lee

Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee

Pilar Cruz

Cargill Inc

William Dietz

Heartland Produce

Scott Price

UPS International

Brandon Rochon


Rima Fakih Slaiby

Best Buddies International Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/15/2022

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