A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mary Dinah Foundation (MDF) in association with USAID have commenced a feeding program for women, children and other vulnerable across the 34 communities in Yobe state.
Already, a total of 16,000 persons including women, children and vulnerable as well as Internally Displaced People (IDP) across 34 villages in the state has started benefitting from the program.
The program which is targeted at providing over four million meals to participants annually covers villages including: Damagun, Idi Barde, Fune IDP Camp, Jenga, Dogon Rigiya, Kasuwa, and Sabon Line.
Other partners of the program are United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), as well as Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YSEMA) and Ministry of Health. Chairperson of the Foundation, Mary Dinah, said the initiative promotes the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of Zero Hunger, Good Health, Quality Education and Gender Equality.
There are indications that the Mary Dinah Foundation and USAID are set to expand the Zero Hunger Program beyond Africa and increase the number of meals distributed to 20 million per annum by December 2021.