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Published On: Sat, Feb 23rd, 2019

US pre-positions 178 metric tons of locally-procured food supplies near Venezuela-Brazil border

The United States State Department announced Friday that US and its partners began pre-positioning additional humanitarian aid for Venezuelans in Boa Vista, Brazil in proximity to the Brazil-Venezuela border.

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The humanitarian assistance is made up of 178 metric tons of locally-procured food supplies and is ready to be delivered to Venezuelans suffering from severe food shortages inside Venezuela. This aid includes: Food kits containing rice, beans, sugar, and salt to feed nearly 3,500 people for 10 days; and additional rice to feed an estimated 6,100 people for one month.

The U.S. government is coordinating with governments in the region and our regional humanitarian partners to ensure that the systems are in place to transport this aid into Venezuela safely and efficiently and to reach Venezuelans.

Since Fiscal Year 2017, the United States has provided more than $140 million – including nearly $97 million in humanitarian assistance and approximately $43 million in development and economic assistance – to support the generous efforts of countries in the region that are hosting the nearly 3.4 million people who have fled the chaos in Venezuela.

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