(CNSNews.com) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced grants totaling $200 million “to improve the education, food security, and health of school-age children, especially girls in developing countries.”
The Foreign Agricultural Service grant, announced late last month and open for applicants until Jan. 21, 2017, further states that the funds can cover “food for education, food assistance, school feeding, child nutrition, teacher training and gender equity.”
The grants are part of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program “that provides for the financial and technical assistance to improve the education, food security, and health of school-age children, especially girls in developing countries.”
Those eligible for the funding include “private voluntary organizations, cooperatives, intergovernmental organizations and foreign governments who implement the school feeding and educational improvement projects.”
“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,” the USDA website stated.