WASHINGTON, July 24, 2001– The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it will donate 24,630 metric tons of wheat to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a private voluntary organization, for monetization and direct feeding in Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Global Food for Education (GFE).
During the 2001/2002 school year, CRS will provide a nutritional snack or sandwich daily to 30,000 vulnerable students in approximately 100 schools throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. The contents of the snacks or sandwiches will vary by what is available locally. The nutritional values will be determined based on the age of the students. CRS will organize and work with parent councils to identify, develop, and implement projects that promote more community involvement in their school. The councils will also encourage increased parental involvement in education.
The fiscal 2001 agreement with CRS was signed on June 27, 2001. The donation will be 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 will provide 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 2001.
For further information, contact Karen Uetrecht at (202) 720-0761, or send an e-mail to Uetrecht@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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