U.S. Food Assistance Programs
The United States' provides both emergency food assistance as well as focuses on the root causes of hunger and chronic poverty through development and resilience programs. There are four main programs implemented in partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) These programs combined provided over $2.7 billion in critical aid in fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014- September 30, 2015).
USAID's food assistance efforts are an expression of the compassion and goodwill of the people of the United States. The lifesaving assistance we provide can also help to stabilize fragile situations. Our emergency food assistance and multi-year development programs:
Many development food assistance programs target disaster-prone areas and are designed to build resilience and help reduce the need for emergency assistance over time.
Some key highlights from Food for Peace's food assistance programs:
We are providing more effective food assistance:
USDA's McGovern Dole and Food for Progress Programs
The McGovern-Dole 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.
The Food for Progress Program helps developing countries and emerging democracies modernize and strengthen their agricultural sectors. U.S. agricultural commodities donated to recipient countries are sold on the local market and the proceeds are used to support agricultural, economic or infrastructure development programs.
Food for Progress has two principal objectives: to improve agricultural productivity and to expand trade of agricultural products. Past Food for Progress projects have trained farmers in animal and plant health, improved farming methods, developed road and utility systems, established producer cooperatives, provided microcredit, and developed agricultural value chains. Program participants have included private voluntary organizations, foreign governments, universities, and intergovernmental organizations.