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WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2002 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 1,500 metric tons of soybean oil to International Orthodox Christian Charities, Inc., (IOCC) for use in Georgia under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. IOCC, a private voluntary organization, will use proceeds from the sale of the commodity for school feeding and school support programs.

IOCC will extend its current GFE program for 12 months to provide school lunches to approximately 8,400 school children ages 5-11 using proceeds from the sale. In addition, some of the proceeds will be used to provide health, environmental and civic education awareness programs for school children and to implement infrastructure improvements in participating schools.

The fiscal 2002 agreement with IOCC was signed on July 24, 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.

For further information, contact Delphine Hamlin of FAS at (202) 720-4233, or send a message via the Internet to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at

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