Apr 06, 2017
Programs like USDA’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education have purchased U.S. soy to improve nutrition in developing countries throughout the world. Shown here is a food fair that introduced Nicaraguan school children and their communities to new foods and the nutritional value of foods made from U.S. corn-soy blend. Photo Credit: Project Concern International
The American Soybean Association (ASA) signed onto a letter that was sent this week to the House Appropriation Agriculture Subcommittee urging them to maintain at least FY2016 funding levels for Food for Peace and the McGovern-Dole School Feeding Program for FY2018.
Food for Peace serves as the first line of defense against food security emergencies caused by ongoing conflict, weather related conflicts and economic instability around the world. During an emergency, U.S.-sourced commodities serve as a core component of humanitarian relief, and where appropriate, other forms of flexible food assistance are utilized.
The McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program provides millions of children access to education, and thus increases the likelihood of attending school and retaining information, by serving a meal—often the only meal those children will receive that day—every school day.
For more background on these programs and their importance to agriculture, visit Pod Policy.
Click here to read the entire letter.