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AP Interview: Head of World Food Program says funding outlook for Syrian refugees is 'bleak'

  • In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin holds a Syrian refugee child while meeting with Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. Funding prospects are “bleak” and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin holds a Syrian refugee child while meeting with Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. Funding prospects are “bleak” and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin, center, listens while visiting a Syrian refugee family living in a one-room shelter in Amman, Jordan. Funding prospects are “bleak” and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin, center, listens while visiting a Syrian refugee family living in a one-room shelter in Amman, Jordan. Funding prospects are “bleak” and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin, left, gestures while meeting with Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. Funding prospects are “bleak” and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

    In this Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, photo, World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin, left, gestures while meeting with Syrian refugees in Amman, Jordan. Funding prospects are “bleak” and impoverished Syrian refugees face more cuts in food aid, the head of the World Food Program said in an interview, after inspecting the bare refrigerator of a refugee family and meeting boys forced to swap school for work to help their families survive. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)  (The Associated Press)

The head of the World Food Program says in an interview that funding prospects are "bleak" and Syrian refugees likely face more cuts in food aid.

Ertharin Cousin spoke to The Associated Press on Monday, after meeting a Syrian mother and her eight children in a one-room shelter in the Jordanian capital of Amman.

The woman told Cousin that she struggles to feed her children, keeping hunger at bay with rice, and that she faces eviction because rent money goes toward food.

The WFP chief also met with boys who had to quit school to work and support their families.

Cousin says "need is outpacing the traditional generosity."

In Jordan, about half of WFP beneficiaries, or more than 200,000 refugees, will no longer receive food aid as of September.