The Weekend and WFP Launch ‘XO Humanitarian Fund’  In Response to Global Hunger Crist as  Artist Makes Initial $500,000 Donation

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has partnered with its Goodwill Ambassador Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye to launch the XO Humanitarian FundPowered by World Food Programme. The new fund will support the organization’s response to an unprecedented hunger crisis in 2022, which threatens to unleash starvation, destabilization, and mass migration worldwide.

The multi-platinum certified global star has made an initial donation of US$500,000 to the fund. In addition, to help launch the fund, The Weeknd is contributing US$1 from each ticket sold in North America for his highly anticipated After Hours Til Dawn Stadium Tour. Recognizing the fund’s lifesaving impact, World Food Program USA’s Board of Directors, together with donors, will contribute $1 million.

“The goal with this fund is to provide immediate lifesaving support to people who are on the brink of starvation. I’m so thankful to have WFP as a partner and to further expand our reach to those who need it most,” said Abel Tesfaye.

The money will assist families and communities on the frontlines of hunger in countries like Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Ukraine. At the start of 2022, the world is facing an unprecedented hunger challenge, as conflict and climate shocks compounded by COVID and rising costs drive millions of people closer to starvation — threatening to increase migration and instability globally.

With more than 44 million people facing famine and more than 276 million facing severe hunger, immediate action is essential. Funding to tackle this crisis is in such short supply that in countries like Yemen and South Sudan, WFP is being forced to take from the hungry to feed the starving.