McGovern-Dole Feeding Program to Benefit 2.7 Million Children Worldwide

April 10, 2014 by

A girl enjoys her lunch at Sirakoro School in Mopti Region, Mali. The school feeding program is run CRS with funding provided by USDA’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education program. Photo by Helen Blakesley/CRS

A girl enjoys her lunch at Sirakoro School in Mopti Region, Mali. The school feeding program is run CRS with funding provided by USDA’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education program. Photo by Helen Blakesley/CRS

The McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which provides school meals and teacher training, will benefit an estimated 2.7 million children. Catholic Relief Services receives funding for school feeding programs through McGovern-Dole. From UsAgNet:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $183 million in U.S. agricultural commodities and support to benefit an estimated 2.7 million children in 10 developing countries as part of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program….

Approximately 28 million children in 37 countries have benefitted from the McGovern-Dole Program since it was established in 2002. For example….

In Honduras, multi-year support from USDA has enabled Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to work with more than 2,000 teachers and administrators, focusing on early-grade reading and math assessment for more than 53,000 school aged children, providing educational materials and school supplies, and mobilizing more than 500 community organizations to recruit and train volunteer substitute teachers.

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