ROME, ITALY — The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged $240 million to the United Nations World Food Programme to be used to support the foods needs of vulnerable people in Yemen.

The WFP said it plans to use most of the funds to provide people with monthly food rations of flour, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and salt. Approximately $10 million of the funds will go toward the WFP’s nutrition program, which treats and prevents malnutrition among women and children.

“Support from the international community is vital to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in Yemen,” said Rehan Asad, chief of staff of the WFP. “We extend our sincere gratitude to KSA and the UAE for helping our work in Yemen.”