Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA will donate more than 100,000 tons of U.S. agricultural commodities valued at nearly $170 million dollars in fiscal year 2010 under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education. It also provides financial and technical assistance for school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.
Vilsack says - this important program provides a healthy meal, often the only one they receive, for millions of children, mothers and infants in developing countries around the world each day. This year's allocations will feed more than 4.8 million children in 18 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
To date, the McGovern-Dole Program has provided meals to more than 22 million children. The program is named in honor of Ambassador and former Senator George McGovern and former Senator Robert Dole for their tireless efforts to encourage a global commitment to school feeding and child nutrition.