From: The Honorable James P. McGovern
Support FY 2018 Funding for McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program
** This is a programmatic request for FY 2018 Agricultural Appropriations **
Monday, April 3rd
nutrition, these children face a lifetime of stunted physical and mental development and unrealized opportunity. This global school meals program remains one of the proudest achievements of my lifetime. It embodies the very best of America’s values. Saving
this program means saving lives. It’s as simple as that.”
Lynn Jenkins, Pramila Jayapal, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Julia Brownley, Stacey Plaskett, John Conyers, Jr., Peter Welch, G. K. Butterfield,
Roger Marshall, Yvette Clarke (NY), Barbara Lee (CA), Donald Beyer Jr., Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), Sander Levin, Raúl Grijalva, Beto O’Rourke, Maxine Waters, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Frederica Wilson (FL), Gwen
Moore, Ro Khanna, Filemon Vela, John Garamendi, Dwight Evans, Alma Adams, Danny K. Davis (IL), Bonnie Watson Coleman, Mark DeSaulnier, Collin Peterson
Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Act. As you might know, President Trump’s budget recommends eliminating the McGovern-Dole program. At a minimum, we ask that the program receive the same level of funding as in FY 2016, or what it may receive
in the pending FY 2017 appropriations bill, whichever is greater.
projects in low income, food-deficit countries that are committed to universal education. The McGovern-Dole program provides school-age children in poverty-stricken countries with what is often their only full meal of the day, and helps protect vulnerable
children and their families, especially during societal shocks.
giving them an important key to a better future: an education. In areas where enrollment rates for girls are low, McGovern-Dole supported programs work with families and communities to make it possible for more girls to attend school, including giving girls
take-home rations that encourage families to send daughters to school and also benefit younger children at home. It is estimated that school feeding programs result in a 46% increase in school attendance by girls.
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Office (GAO), have resulted in marked improvements in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation over the past 15 years. We hope that you will join us in asking that it receive continued funding in FY 2018.
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Deadline to sign onto the letter is COB, Monday, April 3rd.
that you provide robust funding for the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
children. It provides donations of U.S. agricultural commodities and financial and technical assistance for school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects in low-income countries. Over the years it has proven to be one of our most effective international
poverty-focused development programs, having reached over 44 million children in 40 countries. Since the time that Congress established this program, it has been rigorously evaluated, including by the General Accountability Office, and made significant improvements
over the years in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Program requires a firm commitment to continued support and significant resources. For just a few cents a day, McGovern-Dole has made a difference in the lives of children and communities, promoted American values in the most positive terms, and helped achieve
U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. Its flexibility and ability to be tailored to local needs ensure that American products, commodities, and financial and technical support are directly associated with hunger alleviation, educational opportunity
and sustainable development. Few programs deliver so much for such a minimal investment.
Each year, USDA receives scores of proposals for McGovern-Dole projects that remain unfunded, demonstrating the range of need that still exists to be met and the necessity for increased funding. We are mindful, however, of the budget constraints confronting
the Committee this year and while we would prefer substantial increases in funding for McGovern-Dole, we request that the program receive no less than the FY 2016 levels, or the same as the FY 2017 level, whichever is