WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2002 B The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 1,410 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to Save the Children Federation, Inc., (STC) for use in Uganda under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. STC, a private voluntary organization, will use the donation to support and expand school feeding programs in Uganda.
STC will distribute 290 tons of corn soy-blend, 150 tons of fortified cornmeal, 120 tons of nonfat dry milk, 150 tons of rice and 60 tons of soybean oil to selected kindergartens and primary schools. STC will also sell 640 tons of U.S. wheat, using the proceeds to expand the direct feeding project in Nakasongola District in Uganda to approximately 9,000 orphans, particularly girls, for one year.
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.
For further information, contact Al Ersoz of FAS at (202) 720-4233, or send a message via the Internet to Al.Ersoz@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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