World Food Program USA Commends House Passage of Resolution Supporting the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program
WASHINGTON, DC (December 14, 2022) — World Food Program USA commends the passage of H.Res.1156, a House bill “expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to building on the 20 years of success of the George McGovern-Robert Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.” World Food Program USA extends sincere gratitude to the original co-sponsors of this bill, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Tracey Mann (R-KS), as well as the 83 other sponsoring members of the United States House of Representatives.
World Food Program USA has a long history with the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, with the original legislation put forward by two former World Food Program USA Board Members, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. Fellow Board Member, Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, helped execute the program’s pilot phase during the Clinton Administration. Since that time, World Food Program USA has worked tirelessly to ensure the bipartisan and bicameral legacy of support for the program continues. What began as a powerful idea has since grown into a global school meals program that has supported tens of millions of children in need.
The United States is the largest donor to the United Nations World Food Programme’s school meals program, provided primarily through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program. This important work has improved the food security and nutrition of schoolchildren around the world. School meals are a critical component in breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty, increasing school enrollment, reducing the number of school dropouts (especially among girls) and improving the overall health of children.
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About World Food Program USA
World Food Program USA, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, proudly supports the mission of the United Nations World Food Programme by mobilizing American policymakers, businesses and individuals to advance the global movement to end hunger. To learn more about World Food Program USA’s mission, please visit wfpusa.org/mission-history.