The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced grants from the McGovern-Dole international school meals program. The McGovern-Dole program funds school feeding in developing countries. Charities receive the funding and provide the meals.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) received seven grants to provide school meals in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, and Nepal. WFP's Fill the Red Cup campaign to provide school meals around the world will receive a significant boost from McGovern-Dole funding. According to WFP, several of the countries (Haiti, Ethiopia and Nepal) were continuations of grants issued in prior years and do not reflect entirely new funding.
Project Concern International, Save the Children and Catholic Relief Services each received grants for school feeding in Guatemala. Project Concern also received grants for Tanzania and Nicaragua. Counterpart International will provide school meals in Senegal.
USDA says the commodoties being donated include "U.S.-produced bulgur, corn, corn-soy blend, dehydrated potato flakes, lentils, pinto beans, rice, split yellow peas, sorghum, soybean meal, soybean oil, vegetable oil and wheat." About seven million children overall will benefit from this food.
Next, the USDA will ensure the foods reach the destination countries as soon as possible to fight hunger and malnutrition.
The McGovern-Dole program was named after former Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole. The program is aimed at boosting school attendance while fighting hunger. Reforms to the program are expected to be more use of local foods in the recipient countries to provide the school meals.