McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program

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The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.

The key objective of the McGovern-Dole Program is to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for girls. By providing school meals, teacher training and related support, McGovern-Dole projects help boost school enrollment and academic performance. At the same time, the program also focuses on improving children’s health and learning capacity before they enter school by offering nutrition programs for pregnant and nursing women, infants and pre-schoolers. 

Sustainability is an important aspect of the McGovern-Dole Program. FAS and its partner organizations work to ensure that the communities served by the program can ultimately continue the sponsored activities on their own or with support from other sources such as the host government or local community.

McGovern-Dole projects are conducted by nonprofit charitable organizations, cooperatives, the United Nations World Food Program , and other international organizations. FAS announces a list of priority countries each year, based on factors such as per-capita income and literacy and malnutrition rates. 

The McGovern-Dole Program is named in honor of Ambassador and former U.S. Senator George McGovern and former U.S. Senator Robert Dole in recognition of their tireless efforts to eradicate childhood hunger.

How to Apply

Application Deadline: May 13, 2024
Status: Open

The FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program (McGovern-Dole) is now available on Grants.gov

Priority countries for FY 2024 are Angola, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Laos, Malawi, Rwanda. The application deadline is May 13, 2024. Information about how to apply can be found on Grants.gov and on the Food Aid Information System website.

FAS plans to host a public meeting to discuss this NOFO, information and details to follow.

Data and Analysis

The USDA/FAS McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program is supporting education, child development, and food security in Sri Lanka. The objective of the Sri Lanka McGovern-Dole PALAM/A project is to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education, especially for young girls.

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