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<DOC> S.Con.Res.114 Agreed to July 19, 2004 One Hundred Eighth Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the twentieth day of January, two thousand and four Concurrent Resolution Whereas there are more than 300,000,000 chronically hungry and malnourished children in the world; Whereas more than half of these children go to school on an empty stomach, and almost as many do not attend school at all, but might if food were available; Whereas the distribution of food in schools is one of the simplest and most effective strategies to fight hunger and malnourishment among children; Whereas when school meals are offered to hungry or malnourished children, attendance rates increase significantly, particularly for girls; Whereas the distribution of food in schools encourages better school attendance, thereby improving literacy rates and fighting poverty; Whereas improvement in the education of girls is one of the most important factors in reducing child malnutrition in developing countries; Whereas girls who attend schools tend to marry later in life and have fewer children, thereby helping them escape a life of poverty; Whereas by improving literacy rates and increasing job opportunities, education addresses several of the root causes of terrorism; Whereas the distribution of food in schools increases attendance of children who might otherwise be susceptible to recruitment by groups that offer them food in return for their attendance at extremist schools or participation in terrorist training camps; Whereas the Global Food for Education Initiative pilot program, established in 2001, donated surplus United States agricultural commodities to the United Nations World Food Program and other recipients for distribution to nearly 7,000,000 hungry and malnourished children in 38 countries; Whereas a recent Department of Agriculture evaluation found that the pilot program created measurable improvements in school attendance (particularly for girls), increased local employment and economic activity, produced greater involvement in local infrastructure and community improvement projects, and increased participation by parents in the schools and in the education of their children; Whereas the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-171, 116 Stat. 134) replaced the pilot program with the McGovern- Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which was named after former Senators George McGovern and Robert Dole for their distinguished work to eradicate hunger and poverty around the world; and Whereas the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program provides food to nearly 2,000,000 hungry or malnourished children in 21 countries: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress-- (1) expresses its grave concern about the continuing problem of hunger and the desperate need to feed hungry and malnourished children around the world; (2) recognizes that the global distribution of food in schools to children around the world increases attendance, particularly for girls, improves literacy rates, and increases job opportunities, thereby helping to fight poverty; (3) recognizes that education of children around the world addresses several of the root causes of international terrorism; (4) recognizes that the world will be safer and more promising for children as a result of better school attendance; (5) expresses its gratitude to former Senators George McGovern and Robert Dole for supporting the distribution of food in schools around the world to children and for working to eradicate hunger and poverty around the world; (6) commends the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development, the Department of State, the United Nations World Food Program, private voluntary organizations, non- governmental organizations, and cooperatives for facilitating the distribution of food in schools around the world; (7) expresses its continued support for the distribution of food in schools around the world; (8) supports expansion of the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program; and (9) requests the President to work with the United Nations and its member states to expand international contributions for the distribution of food in schools around the world. Attest: Secretary of the Senate. Attest: Clerk of the House of Representatives.
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