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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) – members of the Senate Hunger Caucus – today introduced a resolution expressing their commitment to build on 20 successful years of the George McGovern-Robert Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

Since its establishment in 2002, the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program has provided nutritional resources, literacy and primary education for school-age children, particularly young girls. This program was named after Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota and Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, who were advocates for providing nutritional and educational aid to children around the world. This program aims to improve food security for these children through the donation of U.S. agricultural commodities.

“The McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program – or in Kansas, the Dole-McGovern Food for Education Program – is instrumental in providing one-of-a-kind nutritional resources and food to our most vulnerable,” said Sen. Moran. “In my lifetime I believe we can end hunger, malnutrition and achieve food security across the world – and it starts with programs like Dole-McGovern. I am honored to follow in the footsteps the late Senator Bob Dole in working to advance programs that provide food and education to our most vulnerable. It is encouraging to see this program’s success over the years, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this program as we continue the fight against hunger.”

“The McGovern-Dole Program has done life-changing work providing billions of school meals to children in need across the world,” said Sen. Leahy. “Investing in food security and improving literacy around the world remains as critical today as it was in 2002. I was proud to be part of the effort to enact it, and I am proud to celebrate these past achievements and look forward to celebrating the work of the McGovern-Dole program for years to come.”

“All children deserve access to nutritious foods. No child should go hungry,” said Sen. Brown. “For 20 years, the George McGovern-Robert Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program has made healthy meals and primary education accessible for students, especially girls, in developing countries worldwide. This bipartisan, bicameral resolution honors the program’s positive impact and Senator McGovern and Senator Dole’s leadership.”

This legislation was cosponsored by Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Angus King (I-Maine), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

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