November 23, 2022, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Today, the United States through its Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered 131,000 kilograms of food aid worth approximately $410,000 to Uzbekistan. This 13th annual shipment of food aid contains a nutritious vegetable and legume mix which is specially formulated to deliver micronutrients, increase daily calorie and protein intake, and has an extremely long shelf life. The mix will be distributed to health and social care institutions and vulnerable households.
“Together, we celebrate completing the distribution of the 13th round of food aid to those in need of food assistance around the country. This food supply will strengthen the current social safety net for vulnerable groups in Uzbekistan. It will reach over 35,000 people in more than 98 health and social protection institutions,” Mikaela Meredith, USAID Uzbekistan Mission Director said in her speech.
The aid will provide 6.6 million meals to 35,000 of the country’s most vulnerable citizens through distribution in 98 health and social protection facilities. These include long-term care locations for patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), orphanages, and facilities providing care and support for the elderly and children with disabilities.
Since 2010, USAID’s International Food Relief Partnership program has delivered 1,425 tons of food aid to Uzbekistan, worth more than $4.0 million. The donated food will be distributed by the American non-profit organization Resource and Policy Exchange in collaboration with the Tashkent-based non-profit organization, Sog’lom Avlod Uchun (Healthy Generation in Uzbek).
This latest humanitarian delivery to Uzbekistan builds on more than $122 million in long-term U.S. investment in health and over $1 billion in total aid over the past 20 years.
USAID partners with the Government of Uzbekistan to diversify the country’s economy and increase regional trade, address serious health threats – including COVID-19 – and build the government’s capacity to respond to the population’s needs. For more information, please visit: https://www.usaid.gov/uzbekistan.