The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The program provides for the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities, as well as financial and technical assistance, to support school feeding and maternal and child nutrition projects.

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 children’s 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.

McGovern-Dole projects are conducted by nonprofit charitable organizations, cooperatives, the United Nations World Food Program , and other international organizations. FAS announces a list of priority countries each year, based on factors such as per-capita income and literacy and malnutrition rates. 

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.


How to Apply
Application Deadline: Apr 28, 2023
Status: Open


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is accepting fiscal year 2023 applications for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which helps support education, child development and food security in low-income, food-deficit countries around the globe. The FY 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Program is now available on at FY 2023 McGovern-Dole NOFO. Priority countries for FY 2023 are Cameroon, Haiti, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and Togo.  The application deadline is April 28, 2023. Information about how to apply can be found on and on the Food Aid Information System website at:

FAS will also hold a public meeting to discuss the NOFO. Information and details on the meeting will be shared when available.

Active McGovern-Dole Projects
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Map of Active Food Assistance Projects

Food Assistance Division

(202) 957-1740

FAS-funded food assistance projects are subject to independent evaluation and results are published to the Development Experience Clearinghouse maintained by the U.S. Agency for International 

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