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USDA INVITES PROPOSALS FOR GLOBAL FOOD FOR EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Release No.0298.00
FAS PR 0341-00
Eric Van Chantfort (202) 720-9443

WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2000--Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is asking for proposals for school feeding and related child nutrition projects under President Clinton’s Global Food for Education Initiative.

The $300 million first-year pilot program will use surplus U.S. commodities to improve nutrition and access to basic education for as many as 9 million needy children in developing countries.

"Children can’t learn on empty stomachs," Glickman said. "As the most basic of human essentials, food is the first step toward self-reliance. We expect this program will keep more children in school, reduce child labor, improve childhood development, and help build more productive societies."

Proposals to conduct school feeding and pre-school nutrition projects under the GFFEI may be submitted by private voluntary organizations with international experience, the UN World Food Program, and eligible foreign governments.

A notice published in the Sept. 6th Federal Register outlines a two-step process for submitting proposals to USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation. First, an interested organization or government is asked to document its ability and experience in managing school feeding programs in developing countries. After reviewing these submissions, USDA will select the applicants deemed most capable of successfully conducting pilot programs. In step two, the selected applicants may submit proposals for specific projects under the GFFEI. The Federal Register notice for this proposal is: http://www.fas.usda.gov/info/fr/2000/090600.html

Initial proposals must be received by Friday, Sept. 15, 2000. Final applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 29, 2000.

CCC will commit surplus U.S. agricultural commodities and other resources totaling $300 million to the first year of the GFFEI. Commodities will be provided under the Section 416(b) program. The first GFFEI projects are expected to get under way by early 2001.

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