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WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2001–The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced that it will donate 7,560 metric tons of U.S. agricultural commodities to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for use in Honduras under the Global Food for Education (GFE) program. CRS, a private voluntary organization, will use the commodities to implement a school feeding program in 50 schools in the Lempira region.

The donation will include approximately 7,400 metric tons of wheat, 20 tons of vegetable oil, 90 tons of corn-soy blend and 50 tons of nonfat dry milk.

During the school year, CRS will implement a school feeding program that will distribute approximately 160 metric tons of commodities to beneficiaries in southern Lempira, the poorest zone in this region. These activities will be supported by the sale of 7,400 metric tons of wheat. Proceeds from the wheat will also be used for nutrition and hygiene training, and to purchase school supplies.

The donation will be made under USDA’s Section 416(b) program, administered by the Foreign Agricultural Service. The fiscal 2002 agreement with CRS 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 Tosha C. Clark of FAS at (202) 720-5453, or send a message via the Internet to Information on the GFE initiative can be found on the Internet at

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