The Bread and Butter Corps
October 11,1966


Senator Dole’s interest in combating hunger was never limited to just the United States. In 1966, Representative Dole introduced an amendment to the landmark Food for Peace Act that called for volunteers to train farmers in developing countries. These volunteers would be known as the Bread and Butter Corps, and would “coordinate and accelerate the export of America’s most valuable product—our farm ‘know how’ and ‘show how.’” The Bread and Butter Corps was a relief program that was consistent with Dole's belief that those in need should be provided with the skills and technologies to better provide for themselves - not just a hand out. Food for Peace (now known simply as Public Law 480) continues today as the single largest federal food aid program, providing agricultural commodities to meet humanitarian needs around the world.