U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jerry Lanier and World Food Program (WFP) Deputy Country Director Margot Van Der Velden welcomed to Port Sudan the Liberty Grace, a ship carrying 47,500 metric tons of sorghum from the U.S. state of Texas. This donation from the U.S. Agency for International Development is enough to feed 1.8 million internally displaced people in Darfur, more than 500,000 children in Darfur, and 262,000 children in central and eastern Sudan, through WFP’s school feeding program. The United States has been the largest donor to WFP since the early 1960’s, when WFP started food assistance in Sudan. In fact, U.S. contributions from 2004 to 2013 comprised up to 55 percent of WFP’s annual emergency requirement. “The American people, on this occasion working through WFP, remain committed to helping vulnerable people in Sudan. We hope that fighting ceases imminently so there will no longer be need for food assistance in Sudan,” said Ambassador Lanier.