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USDA’s McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program Expected To Feed Nearly 400,000 Children in Haiti and Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA will donate 11,000 tons of rice, vegetable oil, yellow peas and lentils valued at more than $21 million for projects that will help feed 390,000 children in Haiti and Afghanistan under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (McGovern-Dole) Program.

"The food provided through the McGovern-Dole program is an important part of our efforts to alleviate child hunger around the world," said Vilsack. "The feeding programs in Haiti and Afghanistan receiving this food will lay the groundwork for future success long after funding ends."

The McGovern-Dole Program supports education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education. It provides for donations of U.S. agricultural products, as well as financial and technical assistance for school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects. Currently, USDA funds 32 active agreements with 15 cooperating sponsors in 28 countries, assisting more than five million beneficiaries. To date, the McGovern-Dole Program has provided meals to more than 22 million children.

The program is named in honor of Ambassador and former Senator George McGovern and former Senator Robert Dole for their tireless efforts to encourage a global commitment to school feeding and child nutrition. In October 2008, both men were recognized by the World Food Prize for their leadership in forging the link between the productivity of American farmers and the needs of hungry children around the world.

The McGovern-Dole Program is administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. For more information about the program, go to http://www.fas.usda.gov/excredits/FoodAid/FFE/FFE.asp. A list of program allocations follows.

McGovern-Dole Program

New Programs in Fiscal Year 2011 for Haiti and Afghanistan

Country

Cooperating Sponsor

Number Benefited

Estimated Value ($Million)

Haiti

Haiti Vision

20,000

$3,600,000

Haiti

World Food Program

300,000

$6,000,000

Afghanistan

World Vision

70,000

$11,800,000

TOTAL

 

390,000

$21,400,000

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Contact: Linda Habenstreit (202) 720-9442

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