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Release No. 0087.10
Linda Habenstreit (202) 720-9442

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2010—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA will donate more than 100,000 tons of U.S. agricultural commodities valued at nearly $170 million (including freight costs and technical assistance) in fiscal year 2010 under the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition (McGovern-Dole) Program.

"I am proud of the assistance we provide to the world's hungry children through the McGovern-Dole Program," said Vilsack. "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."

The McGovern-Dole Program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education. It provides for donations of U.S. agricultural products, as well as financial and technical assistance for school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects. 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. In Bolivia, for example, children in more than 2,000 schools ate what was likely their only meal five days a week. In Senegal, this program provided children, mothers and infants with a daily meal and supported nutrition education.

Currently, 32 active agreements are being funded with 15 cooperating sponsors in 28 countries, assisting more than five million beneficiaries. 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. In October 2008, both men were recognized by the World Food Prize for their leadership in forging the link between the productivity of American farmers and the needs of hungry children around the world.

The McGovern-Dole Program is administered by USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. More information about the program is at:

Here is the list of program allocations for FY 2010:


New Programs in Fiscal Year 2010

Country Cooperating Sponsor Number Benefited Estimated Value ($Million)
Bolivia Project Concern International 251,106 $6,179,842
Cambodia World Food Program 96,080 $16,861,977
Guatemala Project Concern International 167,395 $5,118,489
Kenya World Food Program 652,657 $9,378,314
Laos Humpty Dumpty Institute 85,485 $4,128,091
Liberia World Food Program 348,000 $6,435,578
Malawi World Food Program 388,709 $8,338,539
Mozambique Joint Aid Management 603,770 $20,000,000
Pakistan World Food Program 300,000 $10,000,000
Pakistan Land O'Lakes 169,200 $5,842,240
Senegal Counterpart International 270,543 $8,458,220
Tanzania Project Concern International 244,315 $7,717,615
Uganda ACDI/VOCA 70,000 $12,177,597
TOTAL   3,647,260 $120,636,502


Country Cooperating Sponsor Number Benefited Estimated Value ($Million)
Bangladesh World Food Program 350,000 $7,970,344
Cambodia International Relief and Development, Inc. 85,282 $1,280,000
Cameroon Counterpart International, Inc. 36,000 $2,710,000
Chad World Food Program 103,500 $5,629,966
Ethiopia World Food Program 160,391 $4,466,751
Guatemala Asociacíon SHARE de Guatemala 72,300 $9,140,000
Laos World Food Program 100,000 $2,990,738
Rwanda World Food Program 300,000 $9,107,523
Sierra Leone Catholic Relief Services-U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops 36,800 $2,320,000
TOTAL   1,244,273 $45,615,322

GRAND TOTAL All McGovern-Dole Program Allocations 4,891,533 $166,251,824


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