Food for Education


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 childrens 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.

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
Fiscal Year 2022 55 active projects in 34 countries reached more than 4.7 million children and community members directly in FY2022. This included providing school meals to more than 2.7 million food-insecure children, training more than 16,000 parent-teacher associations (PTAs) on how to advocate for education and school feeding in their communities, and training more than 22,500 teachers on how to improve literacy. McGovern-Dole projects also supported the creation and rehabilitation of more than 6,200 facilities including latrines, kitchens, handwashing stations, and classrooms, and provided deworming medication to more than 1.2 million children.
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, as amended, Title III, Part B, Section 3107, Public Law 107-171, 7 U.S.C. 1736o-1, Statute 116,295
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Private voluntary organizations, cooperatives, intergovernmental organizations, governments of developing countries and their agencies, and other organizations.
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 must be submitted using the USDA Food Aid Information System at
Award Procedure
FAS will assemble a panel committee consisting of technical reviewers and scorers to review applications for each individual Funding Opportunity or Track. This panel may include both Federal and non-Federal persons. The panel committee will review the programmatic merits of the applications based on the evaluation criteria identified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. Following panel committee review, technical reviewer and scorers who participated on the panel committee will provide summary comments, scorers and funding recommendations on the application. The FAS Administrator will make the final selection of applications to approve for funding. The FAS Administrator will give serious consideration to recommendations from IFAD and the panel committees, but may also consider the following factors in making the award selections: Agency priorities, such as achieving greater geographical dispersion, program balance, or diversity; and the agency's alignment within USG's whole of government approach to agricultural development and innovation, as determined by USDA.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
From 60 to 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
Applicants will be evaluated based on the extent and quality to which they demonstrate that they have the capabilities, staff, and resources to successfully perform the project, as well as the quality of their demonstration. FAS will use these criteria to evaluate the content provided by Applicants' submissions and award points using the point system specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. FAS may invite comments from other USG agencies on its award recommendations, but FAS will make the final determination on which applications to accept.
How may assistance be used?
Agricultural commodities provided under the McGovern-Dole program shall be used for the awarded school nutrition programs. Financial assistance may be used for all allocable, reasonable, and allowable expenses are permitted, as defined at 7 CFR part 1599 and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. Certain cost items, especially as defined at 7 CFR 1599.6, may have specific minimum, maximum, and tracking requirements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or subrecipient under the award.
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
Agreements normally include program implementation periods of 3-5 years; extensions may be available under certain circumstances.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Lindsay Carter
1400 Independence Ave S.W; Stop 1030
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: (202) 720-1008
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Sale, Exchange, or Donation of Property and Goods) FY 22$226,849,192.00; FY 23 est $242,392,246.00; FY 24 est $230,000,000.00; FY 21$252,627,035.00; FY 20$215,135,000.00; FY 19$201,119,913.00; FY 18$209,968,302.00; FY 17$193,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
McGovern-Dole cooperative agreements generally have 3-5-year implementation periods and awards ranging from $10-40 million, including commodity, freight, and financial assistance to support operations.
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
Fiscal Year 2019 $0
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, USDA awarded eight McGovern-Dole agreements to support school nutrition programming in Burundi, Cambodia, Gambia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritania, Tanzania and Timor Leste.


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