United Nations World Food Programme’s Goodwill Ambassador Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye is providing four million meals to support emergency humanitarian efforts in Gaza.
The multi platinum selling singer is directing a whopping $2.5 million from his XO Humanitarian Fund toward WFP’s humanitarian response efforts in Gaza. This donation equates to four million emergency meals and will fund 820 metric tons of food parcels that could feed more than 173,000 Palestinians for two weeks, according to the press release.
Since the crisis began on October 7th due to the Israel-Palestine conflict, WFP has provided food assistance to more than 764,000 Palestinians in coordination with other UN agencies and local and regional implementing partners.
“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 was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador in October 2021 and has actively supported WFP’s global hunger-relief mission through personal donations. In 2024, Abel has committed to dedicating the equivalent of $1 per concert ticket sold from the global leg of his After Hours ‘til Dawn stadium tour to the XO Humanitarian Fund.