WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the United Nations World Food Program’s (WFP) announcement that it will begin operating in Venezuela with the priority of serving the most vulnerable children:


“As the WFP programming begins in the months ahead, I look forward to working with Interim President Guaidó and Venezuelan civil society leaders to ensure that assistance reaches those most in need without further delay.”
“I join the international community in welcoming the World Food Program’s agreement to start operations in Venezuela after years of unconscionable delays and obstruction by the Maduro regime. Venezuela’s manmade humanitarian crisis remains one of the worst in the world, marked by severe food insecurity, a collapsed hospital system, and the exodus of over 5.6 million Venezuelans. While WFP’s program will ensure over a million Venezuelan children have access to at least one meal a day, additional humanitarian aid is still urgently needed. I sincerely hope the Maduro regime comes to terms with the dire reality facing the Venezuelan people and permits a more comprehensive humanitarian response.