Biden-Harris administration invests $220 million in international school feeding projects

WASHINGTON, September 21, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest $220 million in eight new school feeding projects that are expected to benefit more than one million children in 2,200 schools in food-insecure countries in Africa and Asia East, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.

The funds are awarded through the international McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program, which is administered by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service and celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022. This year’s awards are part of the $2 billion investment to strengthen global food security announced by President Joe Biden at the United Nations General Assembly.

“Through the McGovern-Dole program, the United States is proud to be the world’s largest donor to school feeding efforts. Over the past two decades, the program has had a remarkable track record, benefiting more than 31 million children and families in 48 countries and providing more than 5.5 billion school meals,” Vilsack said. “The need continues today, as the global challenges of war, pandemic and climate change contribute to increased food insecurity.”

Through the McGovern-Dole program, FAS works with nonprofit groups, international organizations, and host governments in developing countries to reduce food insecurity, improve nutrition for vulnerable children and their families, and help low-income, food-deficit countries to establish and sustain school meals programs. The program also aims to improve the health and learning ability of children before they even enter school by providing nutrition and support services to pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children from preschool age.

USDA’s commitment for 2022 includes direct financial support for projects and funding for the purchase and transportation of 41,350 metric tons of nutrient-dense produce grown in the United States to donate to projects for use in school meals, including fortified rice, vegetable oil, corn-soya blend plus, lentils and beans. Prizes also include $23.7 million for the purchase of nearly 13,000 tons of locally or regionally produced commodities, supporting producers and supply chains in target countries, improving the nutritional diversity of school meals. and contributing to the long-term sustainability of school feeding programs. .

For more, see the full list of 2022 McGovern-Dole Awards.

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