Food for Education


The key objectives of the McGovern-Dole program are to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education for school-aged children, 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, nutrition programs are offered for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and pre-school children to sustain and improve their health and learning capacity before they enter school. McGovern-Dole has two high-level strategic objectives: (1) improved literacy of school-aged children and (2) improved health, nutrition and dietary practices.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Foreign Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; H - Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Title III, Part B, Section 3107, Public Law 107-171, 7 U.S.C. 1736o-1, Statute 116,295
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Part Title III, Section 3001(b)(1)(A), (2)(G), 3106, Public Law 110-246, Statute 122,1820, 1833
Agricultural Act of 2014, Part Title III, Section 3204, Public Law 113-79, Statute 128,780
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Part Title III, Section 3309, Public Law 115-334, Statute 132,4622
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are selected based upon assessed need, technical and programmatic merit, organizational background, competence and experience, past performance and financial plan. The Notice of Funding Opportunity will describe the specific selection criteria and weighting.
How may assistance be used?
This program provides for donations of U.S. agricultural products, 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: A baseline, interim evaluation and a final evaluation are required, and must be performed by a third party.
Not applicable.
Program participants shall retain records and permit access to records for 3 years after the project end date in accordance with the requirements of 2 CFR 200.333
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are normally 3-5 years in length. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Benjamin Mustovitz
1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: 202-720-4221
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 18$209,968,302.00; FY 19 est $210,000,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$193,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FAS encourages proposals for 5-year implementation periods, which are expected to range from $18-30 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
McGovern-Dole Program regulations are 7 CFR 1599 and contain references to other applicable regulations for this program.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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