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Bangladesh, School Feeding USDA McGovern Dole Grant 2017-2020: end-term evaluation
Findings and recommendations to inform new policies and country strategic plans

The McGovern-Dole (MGD) financial year 2017 (FY17) funded school feeding project (SFP) is designed to provide school feeding assistance in the form of micronutrient-fortified biscuits to pre-primary and primary school children in Ukhiya and Kutubdia Upazilas (sub-districts) in Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh which is among the most vulnerable and food insecure in Bangladesh. The program aims to reach 47,689 school children (provision of biscuits and complementary activities) across 146 government primary and Ebtadayee Madrasas through USDA assistance. In addition, there are 47 non-government organization supported schools which will receive only food assistance. Altogether, 193 schools will thus receive USDA assistance.  For the complimentary activities, the program would additionally target parents, school administrators and teachers. Consumption of fortified biscuits will reduce the prevailing hunger and nutrition gaps. This, in combination with the complimentary activities, will contribute to improved literacy, awareness of health and hygiene practices, and community engagement in education.