WASHINGTON, May 9, 2002--The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate about 26,600 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to Counterpart International, Incorporated, (CPI) for use in Georgia under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. CPI, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities for school feeding and school support programs.
The donation will include approximately 1,000 metric tons of bulgur, 100 tons of nonfat dry milk, 500 tons of vegetable oil and 25,000 tons of wheat.
During the 2002/2003 school year, CPI will provide daily meals to students in approximately 140 schools in the Kakheti and Samagrelo regions of Georgia. Targeted schools include boarding schools for orphans and children with no support. CPI will provide a hot porridge and complement the meal by using proceeds from wheat sales to purchase locally produced eggs, cheese, fruits and vegetables. Additionally, sales proceeds will be used to fund school repair, distribution of donated products such as winter clothing, kitchen equipment and school supplies, and to conduct nutrition and food safety education programs.
The fiscal 2002 agreement with CPI was signed on April 25, 2002. The donation is made under USDA=s Section 416(b) program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. This agreement is part of the $300-million pilot GFE initiative to expand access to basic education and improve childhood development in poor countries. Under this initiative, the United States is providing surplus agricultural commodities to improve student enrollment, attendance and performance, with special emphasis on increasing female enrollment. The supply period for this donation is fiscal year 2002.
For further information, contact Linda Eilks at (202) 720-7507, or send an e-mail to Eilks@fas.usda.gov. Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/gffei.html.
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