Food for Education

The key objectives of the McGovern-Dole Program are improved health and dietary practices and improved literacy of school-age children.

By providing school meals, teacher training, and related support, the McGovern-Dole Program increases school enrollment and improves academic performance.

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Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Catholic Relief Services - United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops $ 29,900,000   2015-11-102020-09-30
Counterpart International, Inc. $ 11,400,000   2014-09-302020-09-30
United Nations $ 27,000,000   2014-09-262020-09-30
United Nations $ 26,000,000   2014-09-262020-09-30
United Nations $ 26,960,000   2014-09-262020-09-30
Save The Children Federation, Inc. $ 22,433,226   2014-09-302019-01-30
Project Concern International $ 13,640,000   2013-09-272017-09-30
United Nations $ 21,000,000   2013-08-302016-09-30
United Nations $ 26,500,000   2013-09-062015-09-30
International Partnership For Human Development $ 1,400,000   2014-01-022015-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides for the donation of agricultural commodities and the provision of financial and technical assistance to improve the education, food security and health of school-age children, especially girls, in developing countries.

All activities under the program must be implemented in accordance with the terms of the McGovern-Dole Program regulations, 7 CFR 1599.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

FAS will set forth specific eligibility information, including any factors or priorities that will affect the eligibility of an applicant or application for selection, in the full text of the applicable notice of funding opportunity posted on the U.S.

Government web site for grant opportunities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The McGovern-Dole Program focuses on developing countries in which the national government of the recipient country is fully committed to achieving the goals of the World Declaration on Education for All and is taking steps to improve the quality and availability of education.


In determining whether an entity will be eligible to be a participant, FAS may consider the entity's previous compliance or noncompliance with the provisions of 7 CFR 1599. FAS may consider matters such as whether the entity corrected deficiencies in the implementation of an agreement in a timely manner and whether the entity has filed timely and accurate reports and other submissions that are required to be filed with FAS and other agencies of the United States. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are submitted via an online application found at [ . Organizations are required to pre-register for user credentials before applying at this site. The application process is described in 7 CFR 1599.4

Award Procedures

All applications are reviewed for completeness and then given to a technical review committee for a competitive review. After FAS approves an applicant's proposal, FAS will develop an agreement in consultation with the applicant. The agreement will set forth the obligations of FAS and the participant. A participant must comply with the terms of the agreement to receive assistance.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Title III, Part B, Section 3107, Public Law 107-171, 116 Stat. 295, 7 U.S.C 1736o-1, as amended by Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Title III, Part A;B, Section 3001;3106, Public Law 110-246, 122 Stat. 1820;1833, 7 U.S.C 1736o-1, as amended by Agricultural Act of 2014, Title III, Part C, Section 3204, Public Law 113-79, 128 Stat. 780, 7 U.S.C 1736o-1.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements normally include program implementation periods of 3?5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Semi-annual performance reports are required.

Semi-annual financial reports are required.

A baseline, interim evaluation and a final evaluation are required, and must be performed by a third party.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Program participants shall retain records and permit access to records for three years after program end date in accordance with the requirements of 7 CFR § 3019.53.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 16 $225,955,350; FY 17 est $248,369,695; and FY 18 est $0 - At this time, funding is not anticipated for this program in FY2018. This page will be updated if funding becomes available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FAS encourages proposals for 5-­year implementation periods, which are expected to range from $20-35 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

McGovern-Dole Program regulations are 7 CFR 1599 and contain references to other applicable regulations for this program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Benjamin Mustovitz 1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-720-4221

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan.

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